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Land-Use Change Trends in the Interior Lowland Ecoregion

Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5145

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Abstract

This report describes land-cover trends in the Interior River Lowland ecoregion, located primarily in southern Illinois and includes the confluence areas of the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, and Wabash Rivers, and their tributaries. Land-cover change statistics were tabulated from forty 10 kilometers (km) by 10-km multi-spectral remote-sensing sample areas collected from 1973 to 2000 and classified into nine primary land-cover categories. The results indicated stable land use. Agricultural land use increased, but acreage was lost to urbanization, especially in the St. Louis area. Recreational and conservation land uses are underrepresented relative to population demand. Findings were comparable to results of other land use research.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Land-Use Change Trends in the Interior Lowland Ecoregion
Series title:
Scientific Investigations Report
Series number:
2007-5145
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2007
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
Mid-Continent Geographic Science Center
Description:
iv, 12 p.