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A Multiscale Index of Landscape Intactness for the Western United States

Dates

Publication Date
Start Date
1999
End Date
2014

Citation

Carr, N.B., Leinwand, I.I.F., and Wood, D.J.A., 2016, A Multiscale Index of Landscape Intactness for the Western United States: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F75H7DCW.

Summary

Landscape intactness has been defined as a quantifiable estimate of naturalness measured on a gradient of anthropogenic influence. We developed a multiscale index of landscape intactness for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) landscape approach, which requires multiple scales of information to quantify the cumulative effects of land use. The multiscale index of landscape intactness represents a gradient of anthropogenic influence as represented by development levels at two analysis scales. To create the index, we first mapped the surface disturbance footprint of development, for the western U.S., by compiling and combining spatial data for urban development, agriculture, energy and minerals, and transportation for 17 states. All [...]

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Contacts

Point of Contact :
Natasha B Carr
Originator :
Natasha B Carr, Ian I.F. Leinwand, David J.A. Wood
Metadata Contact :
FORT Metadata Specialist
Lead Organization :
Fort Collins Science Center
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Ecosystems
SDC Data Owner :
Fort Collins Science Center

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Purpose

We developed a multiscale index of landscape intactness for use as a broad-scale indicator of resource condition for the Bureau of Land Management’s landscape approach, which requires multiple scales of information to quantify the cumulative effects of land use. The multiscale index of landscape intactness was developed in conjunction with the the larger work associated with this metadata record.

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