Maps and Historical Data

The Observatory will create a gateway for land-use data at the local and continental scale. The goal is to enable the comprehensive assessment and analysis of patterns, change, and drivers of:

  • Land use
  • Land cover
  • Land management

The system will collect information that ecological modelers and forecasters can use to extend their models to a continental scale. It will organize data from many sources, including:

  • Federal agency data on past and current land use practices
  • Economic and social data
  • Satellite remote-sensing data on ecosystem performance
  • Topographic data from national databases

This component of the Observatory is called the Land Use Analysis Package (LUAP)