[Tagging] Forest parcel with other landcover (scrub, scree…): how to map?

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com
Wed Jan 23 22:12:15 UTC 2019

On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 4:54 PM Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
> The main OSM map renders grass, trees as solid colours, and residential areas too .. that is not good to me.

Another example of the landuse/landcover confusion. We could make an
argument that we need a landcover value for 'densely developed'. The
US National Land Cover Dataset has several values for 'developed
land', just as it has several values for 'forested' (based on leaf
cycle) and several for 'farmland' (pasture, cropland, orchard,
vineyard, etc.)

It's possible, though rare, to have a residential land USE with a
different land COVER - consider a small cluster of private houses on a
densely wooded parcel. I've been somewhat at a loss how to map the
combination, but it's just another example of the same problem: one is
physical and topographical, one is human and social.

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