Acronyms Used in Land id™

Ryan Phillips
Ryan Phillips
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This article provides an overview of the acronyms used within Land id™. Understanding these acronyms will help users navigate and comprehend the different components and features of the program. Below are the definitions of each acronym as well as a simplified definition:


  • KML / KMZ: Keyhole Markup Language
    • KML/KMZ files are used to store and share geographic data for visualization on digital maps, with KMZ files being a compressed version of KML files.
  • SEO: Search Engine Optimization
    • SEO is the process used to optimize a website's technical configuration, content relevance and link popularity so its pages can become easily findable, more relevant and popular towards user search queries, and as a consequence, search engines rank them better.


  • Hex Aerial: Hexagon Aerial
    • Hex imagery is captured entirely by aircraft during optimal conditions, with high resolution. This imagery set is acceptable to be used on MLS.
  • MB Satellite: MapBox Satellite
    • MB Satellite combines multiple sources of global satellite imagery from commercial providers, NASA, and USGS.
  • NAIP: National Agriculture Imagery Program
    • NAIP acquires aerial imagery during the agricultural growing seasons in the United States.
  • Topo: Topographic maps 
    • A Topo map is a detailed record of a land area, giving geographic positions and elevations for both natural and man-made features. They show the shape of the land, mountains, valleys, and plains by means of contour lines.


  • HUC: Hydrologic Unit Code
    • A HUC is a numbering system for watersheds.
  • TRS: Township, Range, and Section
    • Township: A large square area of land measuring 6 miles by 6 miles, used as a reference point for locating land parcels.
    • Range and Section: Divisions within a township that help further narrow down the location of a specific land parcel, with ranges being vertical columns and sections being smaller divisions within the township.
  • CCN’s (Texas Only): Certificates of Convenience and Necessity
    • CCN’s give a retail public utility the exclusive right to provide retail water or sewer utility service to an identified geographic area.
  • FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
    • FEMA is the federal agency responsible for leading the Nation's efforts to prepare for, protect and mitigate against, respond to, and recover from the impacts of natural disasters and man-made incidents.
  • LOMR: Letter of Map Revision
    • A LOMR is FEMA officially revising the current Flood Insurance Rate Map (NFIP) map to show changes to floodplains, regulatory floodways, or flood elevations.
  • FSA: Farm Service Agency
    • FSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that serves all farmers, ranchers and agricultural.

Reports - Soil & CSV:

  • WAPI: Weighted Average Productivity Index
    • WAPI values indicate the soil’s ability to produce a particular crop, not the productivity of the soil in general. The incorporation of this data means MapRight users will be able to find the WAPI values for dozens of different crops and see the average yields per acre that can be expected for a specific, non-irrigated crop with a high level of management. 
  • NCCPI: National Commodity Crop Productivity Index
    • The National Commodity Crop Productivity Index is a soil productivity model designed for nationwide application, crossing state boundaries. It takes into account various elements such as soil quality, landscape characteristics, and climate conditions to establish the NCCPI rating. It is important to note that this rating system is presently limited to non-irrigated or dryland agriculture. 
  • CPI: Crop Productivity Index
    • A productivity index used in MN, ND, and SD. The CPI is a system that assigns a value to a soil, serving as an indicator of its overall productivity.
  • CAP: Land Capability Classification
    • Land capability classification provides a broad indication of the suitability of soils for various types of field crops, excluding those that necessitate specific management practices. Soils are classified based on their limitations for field crops, the potential risk of damage when utilized for crops, and their response to management practices. 
  • CSV: Comma-Separated Values
    • A CSV file is a text file that has a specific format which allows data to be saved in a table structured format. It can be opened in programs such as Excel and Numbers.


  • PNG: Portable Network Graphics
    • A PNG is an image file format used for lossless compression, features of the PNG format and comparisons to JPEG and GIF formats.
  • PDF: Portable Document Format
    • A PDF is a file format that provides an electronic image of text or text and graphics that looks like a printed document and can be viewed, printed, and electronically transmitted.

Understanding the acronyms used in the Land id™ program is essential for users to navigate and comprehend its various components and features. This article has provided definitions for key acronyms related to the dashboard, basemaps, overlays, and soil reports. By familiarizing themselves with these acronyms, users can make better use of the program's capabilities and enhance their land identification and analysis processes. Should you have any further questions or need additional assistance, please reach out to our support team for help.

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