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Puerto Rico - GIS/Map Data - land use (2000-2016)

areas for agriculture, forestry, and conservation in Puerto Rico; impervious surfaces

Variables:  land use classification

Standard Variables:  GIS/Map Data

Date Range:  (2000-2016)

Dataset Creators/Authors:  Gould, William, A.; Wadsworth, Frank, H.; Quinones, Maya.; Fain, Stephen J.; Alvarez-Berrios, Nora L.

Contact:  William Gould,

Field Area:   Northeastern Puerto Rico and the Luquillo Mountains

Keywords & XML
  • Description

    This data publication contains five shapefiles generated in 2017, covering the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Using information gathered from 2000-2016, these data were developed through geospatial analyses using a set of simple criteria to identify areas well-suited to mechanized agriculture, areas well-suited to non-mechanized agriculture on moderate to steep slopes, and areas suitable for forestry practices, including timber harvest potential, where greater forest cover has benefits in terms of soil conservation and water management. These are steeper slopes where timber production may be integrated with agroforestry, shade coffee, non-timber forest product uses, or other forms of sustainable activity that maintain a high degree of forest cover. Also included are shapefiles representing conservation priority areas, and an impervious surface layer for Puerto Rico.

    The data were created to guide land use decisions toward lands most suitable for agriculture, forestry, and conservation in Puerto Rico.
  • Keywords

    Climate change; Hydrology, watersheds, sedimentation, Natural Resource Management & Use, Landscape management, Agroforestry, Conservation, Timber, agriculture, forestry, land use, tropical agriculture, tropical forests, food resources, Caribbean, Puerto Rico

    XML Metadata

    XML is in ISO-19115 geographic metadata format, compatible with ESRI Geoportal Server.

  • Citation for This Dataset

    Gould, William, A.; Wadsworth, Frank, H.; Quiñones, Maya.; Fain, Stephen J.; Álvarez-Berríos, Nora L. 2018. Shapefiles containing potential areas for agriculture, forestry, and conservation in Puerto Rico. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive.

    Citation for This Webpage

    Gould, William, A.; Wadsworth, Frank, H.; Quinones, Maya.; Fain, Stephen J.; Alvarez-Berrios, Nora L. (2016). "CZO Dataset: Puerto Rico - GIS/Map Data (2000-2016) - land use." Retrieved 21 Oct 2019, from


Puerto Rico - land use

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