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Terry Sohl

Terry Sohl is a Research Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Since 1993, he has been involved in the mapping, analysis, and modeling of land-use and land-cover within USGS.  Terry was one of the team members that helped develop the first 1992 National Land Cover Database (1992) and was also one of the original founders of the USGS Land Cover Trends project.  Using the experience gained from mapping and analyzing current and historical land-use change, Terry led the development of the FORE-SCE (FOREcasting SCEnarios of land-use change) modeling framework, which has been used to produce scenario-based land-use and land-cover projections for the conterminous United States at high spatial and thematic resolution.  Terry continues to lead land-cover modeling projects at USGS EROS, using a new, parcel-based modeling framework that models landscape change with an unprecedented combination of high spatial resolution, high thematic resolution, broad geographic coverage, representation of both anthropogenic land use and natural land cover change, and use of true land management and ownership boundaries.

Current responsibilities also include the role as Land Resources Mission Area (LRMA) representative for the USGS EarthMAP initiative. In that role, Terry serves on an interdisciplinary team of USGS researchers and managers, helping to coordinate integrated data and science activities related to EarthMAP.  He also plays a lead role in coordinating the LRMA collaboration with the Water Mission Area.

More information on the work of his land-cover modeling group at USGS EROS may be found at:


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