Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection

Fact Sheet 2020-3024
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There is a pressing need to monitor and understand the rapid land change happening around the world. The U.S. Geological Survey is developing a new capability, called Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP), to innovate the understanding of land change. This capability is the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center's foundation for an integrated U.S. Geological Survey-wide land change science framework. LCMAP supports the development of consistent data and land cover products spanning large geographic extents, over extended periods, and at a higher frequency than in the past. LCMAP provides solutions to the science and management communities’ growing need for an improved understanding of the fundamental drivers of land change, the consequences of change in human and natural systems, and feedbacks associated with land change processes.

Suggested Citation

Rover, J., Brown, J.F., Auch, R.F., Sayler, K.L., Sohl, T.L., Tollerud, H.J., and Xian, G.Z., 2020, Land change monitoring, assessment, and projection: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3024, 4 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Table of Contents

  • Monitoring
  • Assessment
  • Projection
  • LCMAP Land Change Story Example—Tornadoes of the 2011 Super Outbreak
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Land change monitoring, assessment, and projection
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2020-3024
DOI 10.3133/fs20203024
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 4 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
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