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Modeled Historical Land Use and Land Cover for the Conterminous United States: 1938-1992

Dates

Publication Date
Start Date
1938
End Date
1992

Citation

Sohl, T.L., Reker, Ryan, Bouchard, Michelle, Sayler, Kristi, Dornbierer, Jordan, Wika, Steve, Quenzer, Rob, and Friesz, Aaron, 2018, Modeled historical land use and land cover for the conterminous United States: 1938-1992: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7KK99RR.

Summary

The landscape of the conterminous United States has changed dramatically over the last 200 years, with agricultural land use, urban expansion, forestry, and other anthropogenic activities altering land cover across vast swaths of the country. While land use and land cover (LULC) models have been developed to model potential future LULC change, few efforts have focused on recreating historical landscapes. Researchers at the US Geological Survey have used a wide range of historical data sources and a spatially explicit modeling framework to model spatially explicit historical LULC change in the conterminous United States from 1992 back to 1938. Annual LULC maps were produced at 250-m resolution, with 14 LULC classes. Assessment of model [...]

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CONUS_Backcasting_y1938.tif
“1938 US Land Cover”
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CONUS_Backcasting_y1990.tif
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CONUS_Backcasting_y1992.tif
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Purpose

The data were produced from the Forecasting Scenarios of land-use (FORE-SCE) model, for the purpose of producing historical land-use and land-cover scenarios for the conterminous United States, from 1938 to 1992. The data accompany a journal article that was published in the Journal of Land Use Science. These data will enable researchers to assess historical interactions of land-use change with a host of societal and ecological processes.

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Historical 1938 to 1992 land-cover data were produced by USGS EROS researchers, using the FORE-SCE model. Data were uploaded to ScienceBase by USGS scientist and project lead Terry Sohl, in 2017.

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DOI https://www.sciencebase.gov/vocab/category/item/identifier doi:10.5066/F7KK99RR

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