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Land use change and effects on water quality and ecosystem health in the Lake Tahoe basin, Nevada and California: year-1 progress

March 1, 2002

As part of the requirements for the Geographic Research and Applications Prospectus grants, this Open-File Report is the second of two that resulted from the first year of the project. The first Open-File Report (OFR 01-418) introduced the project, reviewed the existing body of literature, and outlined the research approach. This document will present an update of the research approach and offer some preliminary results from multiple efforts, specifically, the production of historical digital orthophoto quadrangles, the development of the land use/land cover (LULC) classification system, the development of a temporal transportation layer, the classification of anthropogenic cover types from the IKONOS imagery, a preliminary evaluation of landscape ecology metrics (quantification of spatial and temporal patterns of ecosystem structure and function with appropriate indices) and their utility in comparing two LULC systems, and a new initiative in community-based science and facilitation.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2002
Title Land use change and effects on water quality and ecosystem health in the Lake Tahoe basin, Nevada and California: year-1 progress
DOI 10.3133/ofr0214
Authors William Forney, Christian G. Raumann, T.B. Minor, J. LaRue Smith, John Vogel, Robert Vitales
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2002-14
Index ID ofr0214
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization