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Open-File Report 2013–1157

Land Change in the Central Corn Belt Plains Ecoregion and Hydrologic Consequences in Developed Areas—1939–2000

By Krista Karstensen, David Shaver, Randal Alexander, Thomas Over, and David Soong

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Abstract

This report emphasizes the importance of a multi-disciplinary understanding of how land use and land cover can affect regional hydrology by collaboratively investigating how increases in developed land area may affect stream discharge by evaluating

  • Land-cover change from 1939 to 2000,
  • Urban housing density data from 1940 to 2010, and
  • Changes in annual peak streamflow from water years 1945 to 2009.
The results and methods crosscut two mission areas of the U.S. Geological Survey (Climate and Land Use, Water) and can be used to better assess developed land change and hydrologic consequences, which can be used to better assess future management and mitigation strategies.

First posted August 19, 2013

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Suggested citation:

Karstensen, K.A., Shaver, D.K., Alexander, R.L, Over, T.M., and Soong, D., 2013, Land change in the Central Corn Belt Plains Ecoregion and hydrologic consequences in developed areas—1939–2000: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1157, 21 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1157/.



Contents

Abstract

Introduction

Study Area

Methods

Summary of Land Change in the Central Corn Belt Plains—1939–2000

Drivers and Consequences of Land-Cover Change

Case Study: Urbanization Effects on Flood Flows in the Chicago Area

Future Steps

Conclusions

References Cited

Land-Cover Class Descriptions


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