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Land Cover Monitoring and Assessments

The LCS Program monitors land use and land cover change at multiple scales, documenting the geographic variability of change and defining the environmental, social, technological, and political drivers of change, as well as assessing the impacts of these changes. Current land cover monitoring activities include the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) and regional activities in areas such as the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Regional assessments involve analyzing the impacts of land cover change on water quality, biodiversity and community risk and vulnerability, as well as conducting land cover change modeling, which allows for assessing the impacts of future resource usage and climate change.

Projects conducting research on Land Cover Monitoring and Assessments:

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