Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 357–371, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-357-2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 357–371, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-357-2020

Data description paper 17 Feb 2020

Data description paper | 17 Feb 2020

A national dataset of 30 m annual urban extent dynamics (1985–2015) in the conterminous United States

Xuecao Li et al.

Data sets

A national dataset of annual urban extent (1985-2015) in the conterminous United States using Landsat time series data X. Li, Y. Zhou, Z. Zhu, and W. Cao https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8190920.v2

The National Land Cover Database US Geological Survey https://www.mrlc.gov/data

The VIIRS nighttime light data National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration https://ngdc.noaa.gov/eog/download.htm

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Short summary
The information of urban dynamics with fine spatial and temporal resolutions is highly needed in urban studies. In this study, we generated a long-term (1985–2015), fine-resolution (30 m) product of annual urban extent dynamics in the conterminous United States using all available Landsat images on the Google Earth Engine (GEE) platform. The data product is of great use for relevant studies such as urban growth projection, urban sprawl modeling, and urbanization impacts on environments.