The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is an interagency committee that promotes the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geospatial data on a national basis. This nationwide data publishing effort is known as the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI is a physical, organizational, and virtual network designed to enable the development and sharing of this nation's digital geographic information resources. FGDC activities are administered through the FGDC Secretariat, hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Wetlands Classification Imagery Gallery is a compilation of wetland images and corresponding information for the FGDC maintenance review of the current National Wetlands Classification Standard (a.k.a. Cowardin et al. 1979). The gallery provides an image framework for the classification of the various and multitude of possible wetland habitats. An informational brochure is available for download or viewing here.
Intent /purpose of the gallery
- To support an updated and more robust version of the images critical to the widespread use of the Cowardin Classification System.
- To take advantage of the power of readily available geo-coding applications now incorporated into mobile phone technology, web applications, etc.
- To harness the power of the wetlands stakeholder community to provide current, geo-coded imagery in support of a national classification standard.
The general public, government personnel, wetland scientists, geographers, environmentalists, and other interested parties can contribute to the Wetland Image Gallery. Civic groups, schools, and college programs and departments are encouraged to organize a group effort or project to collect images and information for addition to the Gallery. All submissions are reviewed before inclusion in the wetland gallery. Please refer to Image Specifications in the Submission Guide and Review Process for requirements. Contributors of accepted images will receive credit in the acknowledgements section of the image data.