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Conterminous United States Land Cover Projections - 1992 to 2100


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Sohl, T.L., Sayler, K.L., Bouchard, M.A., Reker, R.R., Freisz, A.M., Bennett, S.L., Sleeter, B.M., Sleeter, R.R., Wilson, T., Soulard, C., Knuppe, M., and Van Hofwegen, T., 2018, Conterminous United States Land Cover Projections - 1992 to 2100: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The USGS’s FORE-SCE model was used to produce land-use and land-cover (LULC) projections for the conterminous United States. The projections were originally created as part of the "LandCarbon" project, an effort to understand biological carbon sequestration potential in the United States. However, the projections are being used for a wide variety of purposes, including analyses of the effects of landscape change on biodiversity, water quality, and regional weather and climate. The year 1992 served as the baseline for the landscape modeling. The 1992 to 2005 period was considered the historical baseline, with datasets such as the National Land Cover Database (NLCD), USGS Land Cover Trends, and US Department of Agriculture's Census [...]


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“Historical land cover, 1992-2005”
488.03 MB

“Modeled land cover for B1 scenario, 2006-2100”
3.26 GB

“Modeled land cover for B2 scenario, 2006-2100”
3.31 GB

“Modeled land cover for A1B scenario, 2006-2100”
3.31 GB

“Modeled land cover for A2 scenario, 2006-2100”
3.27 GB

“Modeled forest stand age for A1B scenario, 2006-2100”
5.03 GB

“Modeled forest stand age for A2 scenario, 2006-2100”
4.86 GB

“Modeled forest stand age for B1 scenario, 2006-2100”
5.23 GB

“Modeled forest stand age for B2 scenario, 2006-2100”
5.36 GB
“Historical forest stand age, 1992-2005”
716.48 MB
325.09 KB
“Metadata - HTML format”
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“Metadata - XML format”
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The data were produced from the Forecasting Scenarios of land-use (FORE-SCE) model, for the purpose of facilitating research on interactions of land-use change with a host of societal and ecological processes.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P95AK9HP

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