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Open-File Report 2014–1125

Prepared for the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)

Historic and Forecasted Population and Land-Cover Change in Southeastern North Carolina, 1992–2030

By Peter R. Claggett, Paul P. Hearn, Jr., and David I. Donato

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The Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) was formed in 2005 as a partnership between the Department of Defense (DOD) and State and Federal agencies to promote better collaboration in making resource-use decisions. In support of this goal, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted a study to evaluate historic population growth and land-cover change, and to model future change, for the 13-county SERPPAS study area in southeastern North Carolina (fig. 1). Improved understanding of trends in land-cover change and the ability to forecast land-cover change that is consistent with these trends will be a key component of efforts to accommodate local military-mission imperatives while also promoting sustainable economic growth throughout the 13-county study area. The study had three principal objectives:

    1.  Evaluate historic changes in population and land cover for the period 1992–2006 using both previously existing as well as newly generated land-cover data.
    2.  Develop models to forecast future change in land cover using the data gathered in objective 1 in conjunction with ancillary data on the suitability of the various sub-areas within the study area for low- and high-intensity urban development.
    3.  Deliver these results—including an executive-level briefing and a USGS technical report—to DOD, other project cooperators, and local counties in hard-copy and digital formats and via the Web through a map-based data viewer.

This report provides a general overview of the study and is intended for general distribution to non-technical audiences.

First posted May 6, 2015

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U.S. Geological Survey
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Reston, VA 20192

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Suggested citation:

Claggett, P.R., Hearn, P.P., Jr., and Donato, D.I., 2015, Historic and forecasted population and land-cover change in southeastern North Carolina, 1992–2030: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1125, 23 p.,

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)



Historic and Forecasted Population Change

Historic Land-Cover Change (1992–2006)

Forecasting Land-Cover Change

Web-Based Map Viewer

Results and Discussion


References Cited

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