This map was created for the US National Science Foundation Land-Atmosphere-Ice Interactions (LAII) Flux Study and the Arctic Transitions in the Land-Atmosphere System (ATLAS) Study (OPP-9318530 and OPP-9415554).
The map covers all of northern Alaska, from the Brooks Range divide to the coast. It is a raster (tif) map, with 50 m pixels, and 9 land cover categories. It is based on an unsupervised classification of a Landsat Multispectral Scanner (MSS) composite created by the National Mapping Division, U.S. Geological Survey EROS data center, Anchorage, Alaska. Geobotanical maps and earlier Landsat-derived maps of the region were used to interpret the spectral classes.
Muller, S. V., A. E. Racoviteanu, and D. A. Walker. 1999. Landsat MSS-derived land-cover map of northern Alaska: Extrapolation methods and a comparison with photo-interpreted and AVHRR-derived maps. International Journal of Remote Sensing 20:2921-2946.