Land Cover Products

Use MDA global land cover products when you need affordable, consistent and reliable data

Whether managing natural resources, monitoring the impacts of environmental policies or mitigating or preparing for environmental disasters, you need the most reliable global land use and land cover products available for informed decision making.

MDA provides foundational land cover data with the right resolution for your project and budget 

When you need accurate land cover data for your next land management or environmental assessment project, turn to MDA’s suite of foundational land use/ land cover products. Our land cover products offer a range of options to suit multiple applications, spatial resolution requirements and budgets.

 30m resolution BaseVue 2013 is MDA’s standard global land cover dataset based on Landsat. BaseVue 2013 is the most up-to-date, consistently prepared global land use/ land cover product at 30 meter resolution. BaseVue 2013 is the optimal solution when you need wide area coverage at an affordable price. BaseVue 2013 is available on ArcGIS Online!

 10m resolution The next generation of BaseVue is coming! For superior resolution at low cost, we are transitioning BaseVue to 10 meter resolution using the multispectral Sentinel 2 satellite.

 5m resolution When you need sharper resolution for more detailed projects, use MDA’s 5 meter resolution land cover, based on 5 meter resolution RapidEye.

 1 - 2.5m  resolution

For ultra-detailed land cover data, ask us about our 1 – 2.5 meter resolution land cover solutions, based on high resolution and small sat imagery.



BaseVue has 14 land classes

MDA’s standard 14-class land cover classification scheme is suitable for most applications

This classification scheme is suitable for a variety of applications, including:

  • Cartographic base maps
  • Urban and population studies
  • Surface cover analysis for energy and communications sectors
  • Carbon accounting and assessments
  • Resource and infrastructure planning
  • Agricultural land studies


MDA offers specialized land cover mapping solutions for wetlands and coastal areas

Our extensive suite of image processing capabilities maps the coastal landscape at local, regional and global scales. From onshore wetland land cover to the near shore benthic environment, MDA uses specialized techniques to map these unique areas.


MDA in action

MDA uses its land cover and coastal mapping expertise to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as part of the Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP). To produce these maps MDA utilizes a Classification and Regression Tree (CART) mapping methodology developed in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey. NOAA C-CAP maps provide important land cover change data to NOAA’s coastal monitoring program.











Coastal classification and transportation features from 5m RapidEye data.

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