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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1275

The Lake Tahoe Basin Land Use Simulation Model

By William M. Forney and I. Benson Oldham

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This U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report describes the final modeling product for the Tahoe Decision Support System project for the Lake Tahoe Basin funded by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Geographic Analysis and Monitoring Program. This research was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey Western Geographic Science Center. The purpose of this report is to describe the basic elements of the novel Lake Tahoe Basin Land Use Simulation Model, publish samples of the data inputs, basic outputs of the model, and the details of the Python code. The results of this report include a basic description of the Land Use Simulation Model, descriptions and summary statistics of model inputs, two figures showing the graphical user interface from the web-based tool, samples of the two input files, seven tables of basic output results from the web-based tool and descriptions of their parameters, and the fully functional Python code.

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Suggested citation:

Forney, W.M., and Oldham, I.B., 2011, The Lake Tahoe Basin Land Use Simulation Model: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1275, 63 p., available at




Using the Model

Inputs and Results


four appendixes

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