The Land-Use and Climate Change Team is a research group within the USGS Western Geographic Science Center.
We are a research team focusing on understanding the rates, causes, and consequences of land change across a range of geographic and temporal scales. Our emphasis is on developing alternative future projections and quantifying the impact on environmental systems, in particular, the role of land-use change on ecosystem carbon dynamics.
We are interested in how land-use and climate systems will evolve and interact to shape future land-use and carbon dynamics.
Our research interests include:
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Mapping contemporary land change using satellite data.
Developing future projections and alternative scenarios of land change.
Integrated land change and carbon modeling.
Land change impacts on ecosystems.
Report on Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Carbon Fluxes in Ecosystems of Hawai‘i now available.
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The LUCAS Model
The Land Use and Carbon Scenario Simulator (LUCAS) tracks changes
in land use, land cover, land management, and disturbance, and their impacts on ecosystem carbon
storage and flux.
Check out our latest projects and datasets:
- Land-change projections and impacts on tsunami exposure modeled with LUCAS.
Land-use and tsunami hazards in the Pacific Northwest
- Land-change projections to support California's 4
California Land-change Projectionsth Climate Assessment.
- Future changes in land use and associated water use demand.
Land-change and Water-use Projections
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- Land use threats near existing protected areas and priority conservation areas.
Threats to Protected Areas