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MDA's BaseVue 2013 Global Land Cover available on ArcGIS Online

Esri’s Landscape Content Team is pleased to announce MDA’s BaseVue 2013 land cover data is available in the Living Atlas and as premium content in ArcGIS Online. BaseVue 2013 is a 13-class land use/land cover dataset that covers the globe, except Antarctica, at 30m resolution.

BaseVue is derived from Landsat 8, which was launched in February 11, 2013, and began providing data shortly afterwards. Landsat 8 includes two additional bands of data which allow for higher levels of quality and reliability when classifying land cover. Learn more about Landsat 8. BaseVue 2013 uses Landsat 8 scenes ranging from April 2013 to June 2014.

Lena River
Situated along the north coast of the Russian Federation, the area where the Lena River flows into the Arctic Sea is complex, detailed, and beautiful. The blues represent areas where the water table is near the surface, the light greens are grasses, and the darker yellow greens are woody vegetation.

Within the continental U.S., MDA re-coded and inserted the USGS’s National Land Cover Database (NLCD) data. Even though the NLCD 2011 data uses Landsat 7, the USGS extensively processed NLCD for accuracy and thus, NLCD 2011 still represents the highest quality land use / land cover data for the continental U.S. The land use / land cover classifications for NLCD and BaseVue are compatible. As a result, BaseVue has two additional classes, Mixed Forest, and Woody Wetlands, within the continental U.S.

The greenbelts that were planned over 100 years ago are still visible within the urbanized area that is surrounded by pale green representing cultivated crops.

The Landscape Content Team produced three layers from BaseVue 2013:

These layers are image services and can be used for analysis in ArcGIS Desktop and for visualization and mapping throughout the ArcGIS Platform.

The land surrounding North Korea’s capitol city is intensely agricultural, with the pale blues representing irrigated agriculture, and the pale greens cultivated crops. The stronger greens represent forested lands.

For more information contact us using the Landscape Layers Forum on GeoNet.

About the author

I am Chief Cartographer at Esri, and manage the Cartographic Projects Group on the Content Team. I have been with Esri in Software Products since 1994. I am currently the author of Esri's Ecological Land Unit services, global ecological content, and the World Population Estimate Services. Contact me at with questions or feedback.

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