New demands on our land resources require more stringent controls and management practices. The administration of these controls requires better and more frequent information concerning land use. Although new tools became available to aid in acquiring and processing the data, a major lack in uniform techniques for identifying the land use was a major problem. Creation of a more standard form of classification of land use, based on the capabilities inherent in the various forms of remote sensors and other data sources was a necessary step.

A classification has been created, and published in preliminary form, by the Geological Survey of the United States Department of Interior. It is presented as Geological Survey 671, entitled "A Land Use Classification System for Use With Remote Sensor Data". This paper discusses the origin, development, and controlling influences of that classification system.

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