Land Change Science Program


Changes in the environment, land use, and climate can have significant impacts on our Nation’s economy, natural resources, infrastructure, and water, food, and energy security. To strengthen our Nation’s ability to respond and adapt to these stressors, the USGS Land Change Science Program conducts research to improve understanding of rates, causes, and consequences of climate and land use change.

Earth Science Matters Newsletter

Earth Science Matters Newsletter


Data and Tools

Climate history, land cover and land surface data and models are vital for assessing the impacts of climate change, evaluating ecosystem status and health, understanding spatial patterns of biodiversity, and informing land use planning.

Global Croplands

Global Ecosystems

Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium

National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV)

Publications Search


Date published: November 18, 2019

Green Stormwater Infrastructure to Reduce Suburban Runoff

A new study finds that a high density of green stormwater infrastructure can provide enhanced mitigation of peak flows and runoff volumes compared to large, detention-based stormwater control practices.

Date published: August 20, 2019

Land Change Science Program Scientist Honored as 2019 AGU Fellow

The American Geophysical Union has announced their 2019 Fellows!


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Year Published: 2019

Evaluating k-nearest neighbor (kNN) imputation models for species-level aboveground forest biomass mapping in northeast China

Quantifying spatially explicit or pixel-level aboveground forest biomass (AFB) across large regions is critical for measuring forest carbon sequestration capacity, assessing forest carbon balance, and revealing changes in the structure and function of forest ecosystems. When AFB is measured at the species level using widely available remote...

Fu, Yuanyuan; He, Hong S; Hawbaker, Todd J.; Henne, Paul D.; Zhu, Zhiliang; Larsen, David R.

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Rapid inundation of the southern Florida coastline despite low relative sea-level rise rates during the late-Holocene

Sediment cores from Florida Bay, Everglades National Park were examined to determine ecosystem response to relative sea-level rise (RSLR) over the Holocene. High-resolution multiproxy analysis from four sites show freshwater wetlands transitioned to mangrove environments 4–3.6 ka, followed by estuarine environments 3.4–2.8 ka, during a period of...

Jones, Miriam; Wingard, G. Lynn; Stackhouse, Bethany; Keller, Katherine; Willard, Debra A.; Marot, Marci E.; Landacre, Bryan D.; Bernhardt, Christopher E.

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Carbon dioxide emissions and methane flux from forested wetland soils of the Great Dismal Swamp, USA

The Great Dismal Swamp, a freshwater forested peatland, has accumulated massive amounts of soil carbon since the postglacial period. Logging and draining have severely altered the hydrology and forest composition, leading to drier soils, accelerated oxidation, and vulnerability to disturbance. The once dominant Atlantic white cedar, cypress, and...

Gutenberg, Laurel; Krauss, K.W.; Qu, John; Ahn, Changwoo; Hogan, Dianna M.; Zhu, Zhiliang; Xu, Chenyang
Gutenberg, L., Krauss, K.W., Qu, J.J., Ahn, C., Hogan, D., Zhu, Z., and Xu, C., 2019, Carbon dioxide emissions and methane flux from forested wetland soils of the Great Dismal Swamp, USA: Environmental Management, First Online,