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Norfolk and environs: A land use perspective

January 1, 1975

The Norfolk-Portsmouth Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) in southeastern Virginia was the site of intensive testing of a number of land resources assessment methods, built around the availability of remotely sensed data from the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS-I), later renamed LANDSAT I. The Norfolk tests were part of a larger experiment known as the Central Atlantic Regional Ecological Test Site (CARETS), designed to test the extent to which LANDSAT and associated high-altitude aircraft data could be used as cost-effective inputs to a regional land use information system. The Norfolk SMSA contains a variety of land uses typical of the urbanized eastern seaboard, along with typical associated problems: rapid urbanization; heavy recreational, commercial, and residential demands on fragile beaches and coastal marsh environments; industrial, transportation, and governmental land and water uses impacting on residential and agricultural areas; drainage and land stability difficulties affecting construction and other uses; and increasing difficulties in maintaining satisfactory air and water quality.

Publication Year 1975
Title Norfolk and environs: A land use perspective
DOI 10.3133/70039597
Authors Robert H. Alexander, Peter J. Buzzanell, Katherine A. Fitzpatrick, Harry F. Lins, Herbert K. McGinty
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Series Title Final Report
Series Number Volume 2, Part A
Index ID 70039597
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geography Program