Modeling land use and cover as part of global environmental change

William E. Riebsame, William B. Meyer, B. L. Turner

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Land use and cover changes are important elements of the larger problem of global environmental change. Land use patterns result in land cover changes that cumulatively affect the global biosphere and climate. We describe efforts to analyze the driving forces behind land transformations and to create land use models that can be linked to other types of global change models. Two efforts to model land use in the U.S. are reviewed. One projects aggregate agricultural, forest, and range land, and the other attempts to model forest land use change at the parcel scale in two mountain landscapes. We conclude with suggestions for new approaches that could clarify the role of land use/cover change in global change and in natural resources management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-64
Number of pages20
JournalClimatic Change
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Atmospheric Science


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