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Drummond, M.A., Auch, R.F., Karstensen, K.A., Sayler, K.L., Taylor, J.L., and Loveland, T.R. 2012. Land change variability and human-environment dynamics in the United States Great Plains. Land Use Policy, 29: 710-723.

Auch, R.F., Drummond, M.A., Sayler, K.L., Gallant, A.L., and Acevedo, W. 2012. An Approach to Assess Land Cover Trends in the Conterminous United States (1973-2000). In, Giri, C., ed., Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover: Principles and Applications, CRC Press, 477pp.

Theobald, D.M., Travis, W., Drummond, M., and Gordon, E. 2012. The Changing Southwest. In, Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: a Technical Report Prepared for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance [Gregg Garfin, Angela Jardine, Robert Merideth, Mary Black, and Jonathan Overpeck (eds.)]. Tucson, AZ: Southwest Climate Alliance.

National Land Change Assessment

Land change (%) from 2001 to 2006 in Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) regions, based on a systematic comparison of the recent magnitudes, trajectories, and causes of change occurring across the national landscape.
Land change (%) from 2001 to 2006 in Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)
regions, based on a systematic comparison of the recent magnitudes, trajectories, and
causes of change occurring across the national landscape.
The Land Cover Trends study examines the geographic variability, human-environmental processes, drivers, and implications of United States land change. The study is developing a conterminous U.S. land change assessment focused on systematic comparison of the recent magnitudes, trajectories, and causes of change occurring across the national landscape. Assessments also address a broad range of regional land systems (e.g. agriculture, forest, grassland, urban) and the drivers and implications of change. The emerging trends of a number of human-driven processes including agricultural intensification, agro-forestry, ecosystem recovery and conservation, urbanization, and rural transformation have profound implications related to climate variability and change and the sustainability of ecosystem goods and services. The analyses take a comprehensive approach to understanding global environmental change that considers the cumulative effects of a broad spectrum of land cover types and human-environment interactions.

Principal Investigator: Mark Drummond, madrummond@usgs.gov, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Denver, CO

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