Land Cover Trends Project

Research Goals

Land Cover Trends is a research project designed to document the types and rates, causes, and consequences of land cover change from 1973 to 2000 within 84 ecoregions, as defined by EPA, that span the conterminous United States. Our research objectives are as follows:

  • Develop a comprehensive methodology using sampling, change analysis techniques, and Landsat Multispectral Scanner (MSS) and Thematic Mapper (TM) data for estimating regional land cover change.
  • Characterize the spatial and temporal characteristics of conterminous United States land cover change for five periods from 1973-2000 (1973, 1980, 1986, 1992, and 2000).
  • Document the regional driving forces and consequences of change.
  • Prepare a national synthesis of land cover change



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