Tabulate Area of Overlapping Polygons

Discussion created by scottwrs on Dec 30, 2010
Latest reply on Feb 26, 2013 by bwc132
I would like to tabulate the area where NLCD classes occur within watersheds.  These watersheds are delineated in a single polygon shapefile.  Unfortunately, some of these watersheds overlap.  For overlapping watersheds, I get inaccurate results using the Tabulate Area tool.  I get accurate results if I use the tabulate area tool on one watershed at a time.  Since there are many many watersheds, running tabulate area separately for each individual watershed would be quite time consuming.  Any ideas of how to automate this task?  Or is there another tool available that would tabulate area correctly for overlapping polygons?

Thank you for any help you may be able to offer!