Land cover of Nepal 2010

Land cover and its change analysis across the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is realized as an urgent need to support diverse issues of environmental conservation. This study presents the first and most complete national land cover database of Nepal prepared using public domain Landsat TM data of 2010 and replicable methodology. The study estimated that 41.9% of Nepal is covered by forests and 27.32% by agriculture. Comparative analysis with Landsat TM based global land cover product showed difference of the order of 30-60% among different land cover classes stressing the need for significant improvements for national level adoption. The online web based land cover validation tool is developed for continual improvement of land cover product. The potential use of the data set for national and regional level sustainable land use planning strategies and meeting several global commitments also highlighted.

Land cover of Nepal 1990

The land cover data for the years 1990 have been derived from Landsat TM 30m images using object based image analysis. The study estimated that 45.15% of Nepal is covered by forests and 25.41% by agriculture.

Glaciers of Nepal 2010

Digital polygon data of Glaciers of Nepal in 2010. This dataset is created using Landsat TM, ETM+ imageries of 2010. The glacier outlines was derived semi-automatically using object-based image classification (OBIC ) method separately for clean ice and debris cover and further editing and validation was done carefully by draping over the high resolution images from Google Earth.

Glaciers of Nepal 1990

Digital polygon data of Glaciers of Nepal in 1990. This dataset is created using Landsat MSS, TM imageries of 1990. The glacier outlines was derived semi-automatically using object-based image classification (OBIC ) method separately for clean ice and debris cover and further editing and validation was done carefully by draping over the high resolution images from Google Earth.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

GPO Box 13953
Survey Department Complex
Min Bhavan, Baneshwor
Kathmandu, Nepal

 4622903, 4622902

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