Land Change Science Program

Data and Tools

The climate history, land cover and land surface data developed by the Land Change Science program is vital to various types of research and management applications, including assessing the impacts of climate change, evaluating ecosystem status and health, understanding spatial patterns of biodiversity, and informing land use planning.

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Date published: March 7, 2019

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information - Paleoceanography

Explore paleoceanographic data.

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: January 1, 2019

Mangrove Data Collected from J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida, United States

Mangrove inventory data from J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA collected in 2016 and 2017. Plot data includes X and Y downed dead wood count, mangrove species information and site descriptions. Tree data includes the three species found on the refuge: Avicennia germinans (Black mangroves), Laguncularia racemosa (White mangroves) and Rhizophora mangle (Red...

Date published: December 21, 2018

Fire Danger Forecast Viewer

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, in conjunction with the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest (PSW) Region, has developed several new products for understanding and forecasting the probability of large wildland fires on all land in the conterminous U.S.

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: December 12, 2018

Pothole Hydrology Linked Systems Simulator (PHyLiSS)

PHyLiSS is a generalized coupled hydrologic and hydrogeochemical model of prairie-pothole wetland ecosystems. The current version of PHyLiSS has the capability to simulate wetland hydrology and salinity. Future iterations will be able to simulate the impacts of changing hydrology and salinity on biota.

Date published: December 12, 2018

Missouri Coteau Wetland Ecosystem Observatory: Understanding effects of land-use and climate change on wetland ecosystems of the Prairie Pothole Region

The Missouri Coteau Wetland Ecosystem Observatory is dedicated to increasing knowledge of prairie wetland ecosystems and how they function in the face of climate and land-use change. Research currently includes studies of groundwater hydrology, geochemistry, greenhouse-gas emissions, aquatic biota, climate change, and pesticide transformations.

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...