Kansas Land Cover Patterns

Published June 1992
Size 37 1/4" wide x 24 1/4" tall
Summary Map depicts 8 land cover classes, derived from single date Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) images acquired during the summers of 1988, 1989, and 1990.


This excerpt from the Kansas Land Cover Patterns map shows portions of 5 counties in northeastern Kansas, as well as the map's legend and the descriptive text found in the lower left hand corner of the map sheet.

The land cover classes depicted on this map were derived from a single-date Landsat Thematic Mapper imagery acquired during the growing season in 1988, 1989 and 1990. The Landsat satellite is an earth observing satellite that orbits the Earth every 16 days at an altitude of approximately 420 miles. Supplementary basemap information is provided for context to enhance map usability.

Acquisition of the landsat data was funded by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Production of the landcover data used in this map was funded by the Kansas State Water Plan through the Kansas Water Office on behalf of the State of Kansas GIS Policy Board. Image Processing, classification and carthographic production was performed by the University of Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) Program. The work was directed by Jerry Whistler and assisted by Mark Jakubauskas, Stephen Egbert, Edward Martinko, David Baumgartner, and Re-Yang Lee.

Ordering Information

Kansas Geological Survey

Map sheets: Paper maps are available in limited quantities. For availability and pricing, contact KGS at (785) 864-3965.

Digital: A digital version and an interactive map are available at the State of Kansas Data Access and Support Center (DASC). See DASC's GeoDatabase "Land Surface/Geology/Soils" section.

University of Kansas

Map sheets are available at the following locations on the KU campus:

University of Kansas Bookstore
KU Natural History Museum