The Western Geographic Science Center
conducts research to help communities make decisions about the interaction between people and their environment. We conduct geographic research on the environmental and societal consequences of a changing landscape.
Find out more about our science by following the links on the left.
Land Change in the Western United States 1973-2000 :
The First Professional Paper describing results from the Land Cover Trends project has been completed. It covers 30 ecological regions in the Western United States and is the most detailed and comprehensive assessment of the rates and types of land-use and land-cover change ever produced for the region. This Professional Paper represents the culmination of many years of hard work from a great number of USGS staff and represents a significant contribution to our understanding of land change dynamics in the U.S.
Reports covering the Great Plains, Midwest, and Eastern U.S. are currently underway and should follow soon.
Click here or on the image of the report cover to see the report.