Land Cover Shapefiles for Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Abigail W Anderson (Creator)
  • K McLachlan (Creator)



This project’s aim was to produce a land cover model of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Our purpose was to discriminate features that offer potential cover and foraging habitat for birds (i.e. trees, shrubs, turf grass, water) from features that are less suitable for birds (i.e. impervious surfaces and buildings). Though we had birds in mind, the models we produced have broad utility in many contexts. To achieve our objectives, we integrated a variety of freely available spatial data. Object-based Image Analysis (OBIA) was the primary methodology we used to generate thematic land cover models.

This entry contains two shapefiles, one for Minneapolis and one for St. Paul, Minnesota. Both study sites are relatively small in spatial extent, measuring approximately 35 square kilometers. The Minneapolis centroid is located at 15N 479535 4980722, and the St. Paul centroid is located at 492734 4976993 (UTM NAD 83). Each shapefile consists of .dbf, .prj, .shp, and .shx files. All spatial features are polygons and the minimum size (spatial resolution) is 1 square meter. All spatial features have land cover attribute data, a variable with 10 possible values, as follows: bare or compacted earth; buildings; elevated greenspace; fountain or pool; impervious and unknown; roads; shrub; trees; turf; and water.
Date made available2018
PublisherData Repository for the University of Minnesota
Date of data productionOct 1 2016 - Aug 31 2017

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