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Estimating Land Cover Change on the Gulf of Mexico Coast


Researchers from the USGS EROS Center and the University of South Florida published an article in Geocarto International, “Quantifying urban land cover change between 2001 and 2006 in the Gulf of Mexico region.” They estimated urbanization rates (2001–2006) in the Gulf of Mexico region using the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 2001 and 2006 impervious surface products. Their estimation reveals that impervious surface increased at a rate of 5.8% between 2001 and 2006 in that region. This trend, especially within 10 km off the coast, potentially imposes substantial long-term impacts on regional landscape and ecological conditions. The article is available online at