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The driving forces of land change in the Northern Piedmont of the United States

October 17, 2012

Driving forces facilitate or inhibit land-use/land-cover change. Human driving forces include political, economic, cultural, and social attributes that often change across time and space. Remotely sensed imagery provides regional land-change data for the Northern Piedmont, an ecoregion of the United States that continued to urbanize after 1970 through conversion of agricultural and forest land covers to developed uses. Eight major driving forces facilitated most of the land conversion; other drivers inhibited or slowed change. A synergistic web of drivers may be more important in understanding land change than individual drivers by themselves.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title The driving forces of land change in the Northern Piedmont of the United States
DOI 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2012.00130.x
Authors Roger F. Auch, Darrell E. Napton, Steven Kambly, Thomas R. Moreland, Kristi L. Sayler
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geographical Review
Index ID 70040397
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center