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Land-cover change research at the U.S. Geological Survey-assessing our nation's dynamic land surface

Fact Sheet 2011-3080

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed an unprecedented, 27-year assessment of land-use and land-cover change for the conterminous United States. For the period 1973 to 2000, scientists generated estimates of change in major types of land use and land cover, such as development, mining, agriculture, forest, grasslands, and wetlands. To help provide the insight that our Nation will need to make land-use decisions in coming decades, the historical trends data is now being used by the USGS to help model potential future land use/land cover under different scenarios, including climate, environmental, economic, population, public policy, and technological change.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Land-cover change research at the U.S. Geological Survey-assessing our nation's dynamic land surface
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2011-3080
Year Published:
2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Western Geographic Science Center
Description:
2 p.
Time Range Start:
1973-01-01
Time Range End:
2000-12-31
Country:
United States