Historic and forecasted population and land-cover change in eastern North Carolina, 1992-2030

Open-File Report 2014-1125
Prepared for the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)
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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.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Historic and forecasted population and land-cover change in eastern North Carolina, 1992-2030
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2014-1125
DOI 10.3133/ofr20141125
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Eastern Geographic Science Center
Description v, 23 p.
Time Range Start 1992-01-01
Time Range End 2006-12-31
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Beaufort County, Brunswick County, Carteret County, Columbus,County, Craven County, Duplin County, Jones County, Lenoir County, New Hanover County, Onslow County, Pamlico County, Pender County, Wayne County
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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