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Land Cover Trends in the Southern Florida Coastal Plain

Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5054

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Abstract

This report presents an assessment of land use and land cover change in the Southern Florida Coastal Plain ecoregion for the period from 1973 to 2000. The ecoregion is one of 84 level III ecoregions defined by the Environmental Protection Agency; ecoregions have been designed to serve as a spatial framework for environmental resource management and denote areas that contain a geographically distinct assemblage of biotic and abiotic phenomena, including geology, physiography, vegetation, climate, soils, land use, wildlife, and hydrology. The Southern Florida Coastal Plain ecoregion covers an area of approximately 22,407 square kilometers [8,651 square miles] across the lower portion of the Florida peninsula, from Lake Okeechobee southward through the Florida Keys. It comprises flat plains with wet soils, marshland and swamp land cover with Everglades and palmetto prairie vegetation types.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Land Cover Trends in the Southern Florida Coastal Plain
Series title:
Scientific Investigations Report
Series number:
2009-5054
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2009
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Eastern Geographic Science Center
Description:
iv, 17 p.
Time Range Start:
1973-01-01T12:00:00
Time Range End:
2000-12-31T12:00:00