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Land Cover Trends is a research project focused on understanding the rates, trends, causes, and consequences of contemporary U.S. land use and land cover change.
First Professional Paper describing results from the Land
Cover Trends project completed
Status and Trends of Land Change in the Western United States 1973-2000 covers 30 ecological regions in the Western United States and is
the most detailed and comprehensive assessment of the rates and types of
land-use and land-cover change ever produced for the region. This
Professional Paper represents the culmination of many years of hard work
from a great number of USGS staff and represents a significant contribution
to our understanding of land change dynamics in the U.S.
Reports covering the Great Plains, Midwest, and Eastern U.S. are currently
underway and should follow soon.
Click on the link above or the image of the report cover for more information.
Soulard, CE, Sleeter, BM, 2012, Late twentieth century land-cover change in the basin and range ecoregions of the United States, Regional Environmental Change DOI 10.1007/s10113-012-0296-3..
- Auch, R.F., Sayler, K.L., Napton, D.E., Taylor, J.L., and Brooks, M.S., 2011, Ecoregional differences in late-20th-century land-use and land-cover change in the U.S. northern Great Plains, Great Plains Research v. 21 (Fall): 231-243.
- Drummond, M.A., Loveland T.R., 2010, Land-use pressure and a transition to forest-cover loss in the eastern United States, Bioscience, v.60,4, pp.286-298.
- Napton, D.E., Auch, R.F., Headley, R., Taylor, J.L., 2010, Land changes and their driving forces in the Southeastern United States, Regional Environmental Change, v.10,1, pp.37-53.
- Sleeter, B. M., T. Wilson, C. Soulard, and J. Liu, 2010, Estimation of Late 20th Century Landscape change in California, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, DOI 10.1007/s10661-010-1385-8