Land-change simulation models such as the Land-use and Carbon Scenario Simulator (LUCAS), allow researchers to simulate land-use/land-change over multiple spatial and temporal domains, model iterations, and land-cover states and transitions. These models can also track the impacts of alternative management and disturbance scenarios on ecosystem carbon storage and flux (transfer of carbon), and other variables such as water-demand.
Data: Big, Little and Everything In Between
Changes in land use/land cover (LULC) are a first order driver of global environmental change. The benefits of accurate contemporary LULC change rates are far reaching. LULC changes represent both causes and effects in complex change processes, and are essential for projecting future changes under specific scenarios. New research from the USGS Land Cover Trends Project utilizes annual sets of land change maps produced by the Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) Project.
Have you wondered how rising sea levels may affect our California communities? Could these rising sea levels cause more flooding during our coastal storms? Are we prepared for what our coast may look like if sea levels rise 1, or 2, or even 6 feet and we get one of our big winter storms?