• Geospatial data for the Vegetation Mapping Inventory Project of White Sands National Monument

    Metadata Updated: March 17, 2021

    The files linked to this reference are the geospatial data created as part of the completion of the baseline vegetation inventory project for the NPS park unit. Current format is ArcGIS file geodatabase but older formats may exist as shapefiles.

    The WHSA vegetation map was developed using a combined strategy of automated digital image classification and direct analog image interpretation of aerial photography and satellite imagery. Initially, the aerial photography and satellite imagery were processed and entered into a GIS along with ancillary spatial layers. A working map legend of ecologically based vegetation map units was developed using the vegetation classification described in the report as the foundation. The intent was to develop map units that targeted the plant-association level wherever possible within the constraints of image quality, information content, and resolution. With the provisional legend and ground-control points provided by the field-plot data (the same data used to develop the vegetation classification), a combination of heads-up screen digitizing of polygons based on image interpretation and supervised image classifications were conducted. The outcome was a vegetation map composed of a suite of map units defined by plant associations and represented by sets of mapped polygons with similar spectral and site characteristics.

    Access & Use Information

    Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided.

    Downloads & Resources




    Metadata Created Date March 17, 2021
    Metadata Updated Date March 17, 2021

    Metadata Source

    Harvested from NPS-Harvest - NRSS Data Store

    Additional Metadata

    Resource Type Dataset
    Metadata Created Date March 17, 2021
    Metadata Updated Date March 17, 2021
    Publisher National Park Service
    Unique Identifier Unknown
    Identifier NPS_DataStore_2253430
    Data First Published 2016-01-01
    Data Last Modified 2016-01-01
    Category Geospatial Dataset
    Public Access Level public
    Bureau Code 010:24
    Metadata Context https://project-open-data.cio.gov/v1.1/schema/catalog.jsonld
    Metadata Catalog ID D:\IRMA\DataStore\Application\OpenData\v1.1\NPS-DataStore.json
    Schema Version https://project-open-data.cio.gov/v1.1/schema
    Catalog Describedby https://project-open-data.cio.gov/v1.1/schema/catalog.json
    Data Quality True
    Homepage URL https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/Reference/Profile/2253430
    Program Code 010:118, 010:119
    Related Documents https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/Reference/Profile/2253430
    Source Datajson Identifier True
    Source Hash 504fd7e106c4f38d3bbdcbb6fe96119ff38ddcd5
    Source Schema Version 1.1
    Spatial -106.47963,32.6563034,-106.136909,32.87312
    Temporal 2003-01-01/2016-01-01

    Didn't find what you're looking for? Suggest a dataset here.