Land Use and Land Cover Change
Through analyzing how land is currently used and trends in use, we are quantifying the effects to ecosystem dynamics, hydrology, biogeochemistry, and energy across the landscape and between the surface and the atmosphere. How are we using land here in Minnesota and globally? Where are we converting land from one use to another and what are the consequences? How does land use and land cover change affect local, regional, and global scale budgets of energy, water, carbon, and nitrogen?