Causes of Land Change in the U.S. Interior Highlands, 2001–2011

Data Series 1127
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The causes of land change from 2001 through 2011 for the Interior Highlands region of the south-central United States were assessed using satellite imagery, historical land-use and land-cover data, and digital orthophotos. The study was designed to develop improved regional land-use and land-cover change information, including identification of the proximate causes of change. The four leading causes of land change involved various stages of forest change: harvest (376,497 hectares), reforestation (105,150 hectares), stand loss to fire (98,875 hectares), and thinning (54,029 hectares). The study provides baseline spatial data for understanding human and ecological dynamics in the region. The spatial data, including metadata, are available in the data release associated with this report at

Suggested Citation

Drummond, M.A., Stier, M.P., McBeth, J.L., Auch, R.F., Taylor, J.L., and Riegle, J.L., 2020, Causes of land change in the U.S. Interior Highlands, 2001–2011: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1127, 4 p.,

ISSN: 2327-638X (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Findings—Summary of the Causes of Land Change in the Interior Highlands
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Causes of land change in the U.S. Interior Highlands, 2001–2011
Series title Data Series
Series number 1127
DOI 10.3133/ds1127
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Description Report: iii, 4 p.; Data Release
Country United States
State Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas
Other Geospatial Interior Highlands
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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