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Work with the Cropland Data Layer (CDL) dataset

Dataset Description

The CDL is available for download either through the USDA NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway or the USDA NASS CropScape web site. We currently use CropScape. One advantage of this is that the data is made available per county all using the same Albers Equal Area projection.

Extensive metadata is available here.

Codeset Description

This repository can be found here on GitHub.

This repository is an example of a Blox component. Blox is a modular source code management, data management and scientific workflow concept under development at the University of Chicago’s Computation Institute. Blox currently relies on the Git distributed version control system and GNU Make, but could conceivably be implemented using other source code management systems and dependency tracking utilities.


The codeset was developed by Neil Best at the University of Chicago’s Computation Institute in support of ongoing research at the Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDECEP). Attribution is appreciated.

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