Norfolk and environs: A land use perspective

Final Report Volume 2, Part A
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The Norfolk-Portsmouth Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) in southeastern Virginia was the site of intensive testing of a number of land resources assessment methods, built around the availability of remotely sensed data from the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS-I), later renamed LANDSAT I. The Norfolk tests were part of a larger experiment known as the Central Atlantic Regional Ecological Test Site (CARETS), designed to test the extent to which LANDSAT and associated high-altitude aircraft data could be used as cost-effective inputs to a regional land use information system. The Norfolk SMSA contains a variety of land uses typical of the urbanized eastern seaboard, along with typical associated problems: rapid urbanization; heavy recreational, commercial, and residential demands on fragile beaches and coastal marsh environments; industrial, transportation, and governmental land and water uses impacting on residential and agricultural areas; drainage and land stability difficulties affecting construction and other uses; and increasing difficulties in maintaining satisfactory air and water quality.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Title Norfolk and environs: A land use perspective
Series title Final Report
Series number Volume 2, Part A
DOI 10.3133/70039598
Year Published 1975
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Geography Program
Description viiii, 348 p.
Country United States
State Delaware;Maryl;New Jersey;North Carolina;Pennsylvania;Virginia
City Norfolk;Portsmouth;Washington D.C.
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