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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: C-CAP Land Cover, New Orleans Area Parishes, Louisiana, 2017,

Item Identification

Title: C-CAP Land Cover, New Orleans Area Parishes, Louisiana, 2017
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2021-12-08

The NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) produces national standardized land cover and change products for the coastal regions of the U.S. C-CAP products inventory coastal intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands with the goal of monitoring changes in these habitats through time. The timeframe for this metadata is summer 2016. These maps are developed utilizing high resolution aerial imagery, along with lidar and various available ancillary information, and can be used to track changes in the landscape through time. This trend information gives important feedback to managers on the success or failure of management policies and programs and aid in developing a scientific understanding of the Earth system and its response to natural and human-induced changes. This understanding allows for the prediction of impacts due to these changes and the assessment of their cumulative effects, helping coastal resource managers make more informed regional decisions.


C-CAP is dedicated to the development, distribution, and application of land cover and change data for the coastal regions of the U.S.

Other Citation Details:

USE RESTRICTIONS: This land cover data may not be used for the purpose of creating, training, improving, modifying, validating, testing, or evaluating machine learning algorithms, or otherwise leverage the product for the purposes of machine learning for a period of five years from its date of creation.

In addition, the product is provided “as is,” without any warranty of any kind, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, non-infringement or non-misappropriation of intellectual property rights of a third party, custom, trade, quiet enjoyment, accuracy of information, content or results, or conditions arising under any other legal requirement. Neither Ecopia nor its licensors warrant that the product will be accurate, current or complete, that the product will meet end user's needs or expectations, or that the operation of the product will be error free or uninterrupted. Further, spatial or temporal accuracy is not guaranteed.

Supplemental Information:

Attributes for this product are as follows:

0 Background,

1 Unclassified (Cloud, Shadow, etc),

2 Developed Impervious,



5 Developed Open Space,

6 Cultivated Land,

7 Pasture/Hay,

8 Grassland,



11 Upland Forest,

12 Scrub/Shrub,

13 Palustrine Forested Wetland,

14 Palustrine Scrub/Shrub Wetland,

15 Palustrine Emergent Wetland,

16 Estuarine Forested Wetland,

17 Estuarine Scrub/Shrub Wetland,

18 Estuarine Emergent Wetland,

19 Unconsolidated Shore,

20 Bare Land,

21 Open Water,

22 Palustrine Aquatic Bed,

23 Estuarine Aquatic Bed,

24 Tundra,

25 Snow/Ice,

Recommended Citation. NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) New Orleans Region High Resolution Land Cover Data. Data collected 2017. Charleston, SC: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. Data accessed at


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords Earth Remote Sensing Instruments > Passive Remote Sensing > Photon/Optical Detectors > Cameras > CAMERAS
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords Aircraft > AIRCRAFT
ISO 19115 Topic Category imageryBaseMapsEarthCover
None Land Cover
None Land Cover Analysis
None Remotely Sensed Imagery/Photos

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Coastal Zone
None Jefferson Parish
None Louisiana
None Orleans Parish
None Plaquemines Parish
None Saint Bernard Parish
None Saint Charles Parish
None Saint John the Baptist Parish
None Saint Tammany Parish
None Tangipahoa Parish

Physical Location

Organization: Office for Coastal Management
City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Note:

5 years

Data Presentation Form: Image (digital)
Distribution Liability:

Users must assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 1096145
Date Effective From: 2021-11-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


CC ID: 1096147
Date Effective From: 2021-11-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 1096148
Date Effective From: 2021-11-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1096146
Date Effective From: 2021-11-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Acquisition date of the aerial imagery

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1096162
W° Bound: -90.73
E° Bound: -88.68583333333
N° Bound: 31.00833333333
S° Bound: 28.86666666667

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 1096161
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2017

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Grid: Yes

Grid Representation 1

CC ID: 1096155
Dimension Count: 3
Cell Geometry: Point
Transformation Parameters Available?: No

Axis Dimension 1

Dimension Type: Row
Size: 4166

Axis Dimension 2

Dimension Type: Column
Size: 7703

Axis Dimension 3

Dimension Type: Vertical
Size: 1

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Data set is not for use in litigation. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the state of the art, NOAA, cannot assume liability for any damages, or misrepresentations, caused by any inaccuracies in the data, or as a result of the data to be used on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.



CC ID: 1096150
URL Type:
Online Resource


CC ID: 1096151
Name: Data Access Viewer

Technical Environment


Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog

Data Quality


According to the accuracy assessment performed by NOAA Office for Coastal Management staff, the overall accuracy of this product is 93.5%. There were 842 total points distributed across the county. The accuracy of each class is as follows (Producer's, User's accuracies):

Impervious (98.5%, 97.0%)

Open Space Developed (93.4%, 95.0%)

Cultivated (92.3%, 100%)

Pasture/Hay (100%, 97.6%)

Grassland (72.3%, 94.4%)

Upland Forest (95.2%, 95.2%)

Shrub/Scrub (89.2%, 71.7%)

Palustrine Forested Wetland (97.5%, 96.3%)

Palustrine Shrub/Scrub Wetland (94.1%, 87.3%)

Palustrine Emergent Wetland (95.1%, 95.1%)

Estuarine Forested Wetland (N/A, N/A)

Estuarine Shrub/Scrub Wetland (91.0%, 100%)

Estuarine Emergent Wetland (95.4%, 86.195.2%)

Unconsolidated Shore (80.0%, 100%)

Bare Land (94.1%, 94.1%)

Water (100%, 100%)

Palustrine Aquatic Bed (92.9%, 92.9%)

Estuarine Aquatic Bed (85.7%, 85.7%)

Ice/Snow (NA, NA)

Overall accuracy (93.5%)

Points were sampled using a stratified random sampling scheme, with a minimum target sample of 20 points per class. A few of the rarer categories did not meet this minimum threshold or were not sampled at all due to the relatively low total area of those classes. There were no pixels sampled for the Estuarine Forested Wetland class. The correct land cover classification was determined through analyst interpretation of the imagery used in creating the map, as well as possible references to GoogleEarth in order to reference additional dates/seasons of imagery for that location. All points were interpreted by two analysts, plus a third who made a final determination when there was not agreement on the call. This analysis allowed for the use of fuzzy designations, or alternate calls he truth category where that truth call may not have been completely obvious, or where point locations are located so they could possibly be more than one category. 37 of the total 842 points were counted correct based on the use of that fuzzy call.

Completeness Report:

Data does not exist for all classes.

There are no pixels representing: class 1 (unclassified), class 9 (Deciduous Forest), 101 (Evergreen Forest), , 24 (Tundra), 25 (Perennial Ice/Snow), 26 (Dwarf Scrub - Alaska specific class), 27 (Sedge/Herbaceous), and 28 (Moss - Alaska specific). Developed classes have been altered to exclude the percentage breakdown of impervious surfaces as the breakdown is not appropriate for high resolution mapping (Developed High Intensity (2), Developed Medium Intensity (3), and Developed Low Intensity (4) are reduced to Impervious (Class 2)).

Conceptual Consistency:

Tests for logical consistency indicate that all row and column positions in the selected latitude/longitude window contain data. Conversion and integration with vector files indicates that all positions are consistent with earth coordinates covering the same area. Attribute files are logically consistent.


Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1096159

This dataset was created by NOAA's Ocean Service, Office for Coastal Management (OCM).

Classification: The initial 1m spatial resolution 6 class high resolution land cover product was developed by Ecopia using a proprietary feature recognition technology. This involves taking each image and classifying the pixels based on spectral and spatial properties, based on training examples and analyst refinement.

Water Refinement: Commission and omission errors associated with the Water class were addressed through manual interpretation and clean up in ERDAS Imagine. Once the review and edits were complete, the refined Water class was incorporated back into the land cover data set.

Agriculture and Open Space Developed: Cultivated land, and Pasture/Hay, and Open Space Developed features were incorporated into the grassland category of the initial land cover product through a the use of a second CNN classification, subsequent modeling (based on the presence of impervious cover and ancillary information such as the USDA 2008 Common Land Unit data), and manual refinement.

Wetlands: Wetlands were derived through a modeling process which used ancillary data such as Soils (SSURGO), the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) and topographic derivatives. Forest, shrub and grassland objects within the initial land cover that exhibited hydric characteristics based on the input ancillary layers were designated to their appropriate wetland category. The process relied mainly on the NWI to determine palustrine and estuarine distinctions.

Attributes for this product are as follows:

0 Background

1 Unclassified

2 Developed Impervious



5 Developed, Open Space

6 Cultivated Crops

7 Pasture/Hay

8 Grassland/Herbaceous



11 Upland Forest

12 Scrub/Shrub

13 Palustrine Forested Wetland

14 Palustrine Scrub/Shrub Wetland

15 Palustrine Emergent Wetland

16 Estuarine Forested Wetland

17 Estuarine Scrub/Shrub Wetland

18 Estuarine Emergent Wetland

19 Unconsolidated Shore

20 Bare Land

21 Open Water

22 Palustrine Acquatic Bed

23 Estuarine Aquatic Bed,

24 Tundra,

25 Snow/Ice

Process Date/Time: 2018-12-06 00:00:00

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 65779
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:65779
Metadata Record Created By: Erik Hund
Metadata Record Created: 2021-11-09 16:54+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-03-29 17:46+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-12-08
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year