The vector layer delineates areas of human development. Polygons were hand-digitized from 0.3-m aerial imagery captured in 2014 and outline areas of general human development (for example, buildings, residential development, paved roads) as well as coastal armoring (for example, jetties and groins). The data were used in vector format during a supervised land cover classification and converted to raster format to be merged with other land cover sub-classifications, producing the supervised classification raster layer (CG14_SupClass.tif in larger work).
This dataset is part of a series of spatial datasets used to describe characteristics of barrier islands found along the North American Atlantic coast in order to identify habitat for the federally protected piping plover (Charadrius melodus). Information contained in these spatial datasets was used within a Bayesian network to model the probability that a specific set of landscape characteristics would be associated with piping plover habitat (Zeigler and others, 2019).
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Access_Constraints: None. Please see 'Distribution Info' for details.
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|Data format:||These files (.dbf, .prj, .sbn, .sbx, .shp, .shp.xml, and .shx) are a collection of files with a common filename prefix and must be downloaded and stored in the same directory. Together they are the components of the shapefile and include FGDC compliant metadata. in format Shapefile (version ArcGIS 10.4) Esri polygon shapefile Size: 0.03|
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