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Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center

National Land Change Assessment

Analyzing the long-term trends and the changing dynamics of US land systems

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Percent annual rate of Ecoregion Change

The National Land Change Assessment (NLCA) is a research effort that examines the causes, trends, and implications of United States land change. The project takes a comprehensive approach towards understanding land change by systematically examining land conversion and management across a full range of land use and land cover types and climate and ecological settings. Land change is a key driver of environmental change and has important implications related to climate variability and change, biodiversity, natural resources, and ecosystem services.


Changes to the National Landscape

How are the long-term trends, land change transitions, and historical legacies of land use change affecting social-environmental systems and sustainability? This research examines the spatial-temporal dynamics and implications of US land change within the context of global environmental change.

Great Plains Eastern U.S. Intensive Land Systems

Principal Investigator: Mark Drummond

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