Land Use Land Cover Modeling

Data and Tools

33 unique scenario combinations are now available for three contiguous regions in the Great Plains, with 11 land-use scenarios and 3 climate variations for each. Combined the projections cover over 1.7 million square kilometers and over 8 million individually modeled cropland parcels.  Data are available for download through ScienceBase.

33 high-resolution scenarios of land use and vegetation change in the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative region

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33 high-resolution scenarios of land use and vegetation change in the Prairie Potholes of the United States

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33 high-resolution scenarios of land use and vegetation change in the Upper Missouri River Basin

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Date published: February 19, 2019

33 high-resolution scenarios of land use and vegetation change in the Upper Missouri River Basin

A new version of USGS’s FORE-SCE model was used to produce unprecedented landscape projections for the Upper Missouri River Basin region of the northern Great Plains. 

Date published: December 17, 2018

33 high-resolution scenarios of land use and vegetation change in the Prairie Potholes of the United States

A new version of USGS’s FORE-SCE model was used to produce unprecedented landscape projections for four ecoregions in the Prairie Potholes region of Great Plains.

Date published: December 17, 2018

Modeled Historical Land Use and Land Cover for the Conterminous United States: 1938-1992

The landscape of the conterminous United States has changed dramatically over the last 200 years, with agricultural land use, urban expansion, forestry, and other anthropogenic activities altering land cover across vast swaths of the country.

Date published: December 17, 2018

The Relative Impacts of Climate and Land-use Change on Conterminous United States Bird Species from 2001 to 2075

Species distribution models often use climate data to assess contemporary and/or future ranges for animal or plant species. Land use and land cover (LULC) data are important predictor variables for determining species range, yet are rarely used when modeling future distributions. 

Date published: January 1, 2018

33 high-resolution scenarios of land use and vegetation change in the Great Plains LCC region

A new version of USGS’s FORE-SCE model was used to produce unprecedented landscape projections for four ecoregions in the Great Plains (corresponding to the area represented by the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative). The projections are characterized by 1) high spatial resolution (30-meter cells), 2) high thematic resolution (29 land use and land cover classes), 3)...

Date published: January 1, 2014

Conterminous United States Land Cover Projections - 1992 to 2100

The USGS’s FORE-SCE model was used to produce land-use and land-cover (LULC) projections for the conterminous United States. The projections were originally created as part of the "LandCarbon" project, an effort to understand biological carbon sequestration potential in the United States. However, the projections are being used for a wide variety of purposes, including analyses of...