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General Information Product 110

Using Land-Cover Change as Dynamic Variables in Surface-Water and Water-Quality Models

By Krista A. Karstensen1, Kelly L. Warner2, and Anne Kuhn3

1 U.S. Geological Survey - Mid-Continent Geographic Science Center
2 U.S. Geological Survey - Illinois Water Science Center
2 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Atlantic Ecology Division
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Land-cover data are typically used in hydrologic modeling to establish or describe land surface dynamics. This project is designed to demonstrate the use of land-cover change data in surface-water and water-quality models by incorporating land-cover as a variable condition. The project incorporates three different scenarios that vary hydrologically and geographically: 1) Agriculture in the Plains, 2) Loon habitat in New England, and 3) Forestry in the Ozarks.

First posted August 31, 2010

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Rolla, MO 65401
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Karstensen, K.A., Warner, K.L., and Kuhn, A. 2010, Using land-cover change as dynamic variables in surface-water and water-quality models: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 110, 1 p.

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