Land Change Science Program

About

Changes in the environment, land use, and climate can have significant impacts on our Nation’s economy, natural resources, infrastructure, as well as water, food, and energy security. Research conducted by Land Change Science Program provides scientific data to improve projections of change under different management scenarios and strengthen our ability to respond and adapt to stressors. 

What we do

What we do

The LCS Program conducts interdisciplinary research on social, physical, chemical, and biological components of the Earth to observe the impacts of various changes and improve understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of different regions.

Who we support

Who we support

Resource managers and policymakers need reliable projections of changes under specific land-use and climate scenarios and the LCS Program conducts research needed to test and improve the precision of models supporting effective management strategies.

Researchers retrieving ice cores from an ice patch

The Land Change Science Program scientists conduct research on topics that include drought, sea-level rise, Arctic ecosystems, plant and animal communities, changing carbon cycle, as well and land-use and land-cover change.