Evaluating land-use change scenarios for the Puget Sound Basin, Washington, within the ecosystem recovery target model-based framework

Open-File Report 2017-1057
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Abstract

The Puget Sound Basin, Washington, has experienced rapid urban growth in recent decades, with varying impacts to local ecosystems and natural resources. To plan for future growth, land managers often use scenarios to assess how the pattern and volume of growth may affect natural resources. Using three different land-management scenarios for the years 2000–2060, we assessed various spatial patterns of urban growth relative to maps depicting a model-based characterization of the ecological integrity and recent development pressure of individual land parcels. The three scenarios depict future trajectories of land-use change under alternative management strategies—status quo, managed growth, and unconstrained growth. The resulting analysis offers a preliminary assessment of how future growth patterns in the Puget Sound Basin may impact land targeted for conservation and how short-term metrics of land-development pressure compare to longer term growth projections.

Suggested Citation

Villarreal, M.L., Labiosa, W.B, and Aiello, D., 2017, Evaluating land-use change scenarios for the Puget Sound Basin, Washington, within the ecosystem recovery target model-based framework: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1057, 14 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171057.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Modeling Approach
  • Caveats
  • Methods and Datasets
  • Ecologically Important Land
  • ENVISION Growth Scenarios
  • Analysis
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Evaluating land-use change scenarios for the Puget Sound Basin, Washington, within the ecosystem recovery target model-based framework
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2017-1057
DOI 10.3133/ofr20171057
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Western Geographic Science Center
Description v, 14 p.
Country United States
State Washington
Other Geospatial Puget Sound Basin
Online Only (Y/N) Y