November 4, 2009

Technology Aids Land Cover Mapping

Color-infrared imagery reveals layers of information

CHICAGO — Land cover mapping classification provides a useful inventory about the land surface. Learn about the multiple uses for land cover classification mapping from planning, transportation management to risk assessment at the next Tuesdays at APA forum on November 17, 2009.

Different from land use, land cover classification maps are created from color-infrared imagery that is not visible to the human eye. The maps can reveal layers of information such as impervious surfaces, tree canopy, irrigated grass, bare soil, and water.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 5–6 p.m.
APA's Burnham Conference Center, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
The event is free and open to the public.

See a sample of land cover classification maps at

Hear William Peel, partner at RFP Mapping LLC, discuss the benefits of using land cover classification data and analysis to make decisions. Peel has spoken nationally about the benefits of using land cover classification data and analysis as a foundation for many types of municipal planning.

Tuesdays at APA is a monthly after-work lecture and discussion series. Each month, practicing planners and researchers discuss the latest ideas, concepts and research in the planning field. For upcoming events, visit or call 312-431-9100. The next Tuesdays at APA event will be Jan. 26, 2010, that will explore data mining on federal websites. Podcasts and presentations of previous events are available at  


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;