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Fact Sheet 2012–3091

Land-Use and Land-Cover Scenarios and Spatial Modeling at the Regional Scale

By Terry L. Sohl and Benjamin M. Sleeter

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Land-use and land-cover (LULC) change has altered a large part of the earth’s surface. Scenarios of potential future LULC change are required in order to better manage potential impacts on biodiversity, carbon fluxes, climate change, hydrology, and many other ecological processes. The U.S. Geological Survey is analyzing potential future LULC change in the United States, using an approach based on scenario construction and spatially explicit modeling. Similar modeling techniques are being used to produce historical LULC maps from 1940 to present. With the combination of backcast and forecast LULC data, the USGS is providing consistent LULC data for historical, current, and future time frames to support a variety of research applications.

First posted August 3, 2012

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U.S. Geological Survey
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
47914 252nd Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57198

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Sohl, T.L., and Sleeter, B.M., 2012, Land-use and land-cover scenarios and spatial modeling at the regional scale: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3091, 4 p.


Challenges for Land-Cover Modeling

Scenario Development

The Forecasting Scenarios of Land-Cover Change (FORE-SCE) Model

Forest Structure and Protected Lands

The Final Product

Back to the Future

USGS Land-Cover Databases


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