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Southeast 'Megalopolis' Research Gets Widespread Attention!


08/07/2014

SE Megalopolis visualNew research, presented in a recent paper, The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.S., predicts that the extent of urbanization in this region could increase by 101% to 192% in the next 50 years, and describes a megalopolis that stretches from Atlanta, GA up to Raleigh, NC. As the publication describes, this kind of rapid and extensive urbanization can significantly affect forests, grasslands, and other non-urban areas and the capacity of species to respond to climate change. Urban growth models such as the one in this paper can help natural resource managers and urban planners make decisions.

This research was conducted as part of an assessment that is supported by the DOI Southeast Climate Science Center.

Check out what people are saying about this research:

USGS issued press release, joint with NC State University:
http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3943#.U9ZtYoBdVgY

The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/30/what-the-rapidly-urbanizing-southeast-could-look-like-come-2060/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

The Atlantic’s City Lab:
http://www.citylab.com/housing/2014/07/by-2060-the-american-south-could-be-three-times-as-urbanized/375017/

NPR-WUNC:
http://wunc.org/post/megalopolis-stretch-raleigh-atlanta

Atlanta Magazine:
http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2014/07/25/behold-the-sprawl-of-2060-when-atlanta-and-charlotte-finally-converge#sthash.oj3i92rp.dpuf

Atlanta Business Chronicle:
http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/2014/07/31/southern-megalopolis/13396977/

Conservation Magazine:
http://conservationmagazine.org/2014/08/just-how-far-will-urban-sprawl-spread/

The Weather Channel:
http://www.weather.com/video/bad-news-for-millions-across-south-51830

Triangle Business Journal:
http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/techflash/2014/07/how-a-2060-megalopolis-could-change-raleigh.html

Dr. Robert Dunn’s YourWildlife Blog, The Rise of Charlanta:
http://www.yourwildlife.org/2014/07/the-rise-of-charlanta/

The Post and Courier:
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140806/PC1610/140809592/1356/a-new-warning-for-the-south-grow-smarter

Raleigh Public Record:
http://raleighpublicrecord.org/news/2014/08/04/se-raleigh-food-desert-finally-getting-a-grocery-store/