A design for a sustained assessment of climate forcings and feedbacks on land use land cover change

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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Abstract

Land use and land cover change (LULCC) significantly influences the climate system. Hence, to prepare the nation for future climate change and variability, a sustained assessment of LULCC and its climatic impacts needs to be undertaken. To address this objective, not only do we need to determine contemporary trends in land use and land cover that affect, or are affected by, weather and climate but also identify sectors and regions that are most affected by weather and climate variability. Moreover, it is critical that we recognize land cover and regions that are most vulnerable to climate change and how end-use practices are adapting to climate change. This paper identifies a series of steps that need to be undertaken to address these key items. In addition, national-scale institutional capabilities are identified and discussed. Included in the discussions are challenges and opportunities for collaboration among these institutions for a sustained assessment.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A design for a sustained assessment of climate forcings and feedbacks on land use land cover change
Series title Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
DOI 10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00208.1
Volume 95
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher American Meteorological Society
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 10 p.
First page 1563
Last page 1572