Changes in land cover and land use are among the most noticeable forms of global environmental change. Whether natural and human-caused, these modifications of the landscape affect the availability of goods and services, economic welfare, human health, ecosystems, biodiversity, and climate. Researchers at EROS use satellite images and other data to assess the rates, causes, and consequences of land cover/land use change in the United States. Understanding the broad consequences of such change is essential for managing and mitigating its impact on societies and natural systems.
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