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An Overview of the Stressors and Ecological Impacts Associated With Regional and Global Patterns of Population, Land Use, and Land Cover Change

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Abstract:This report provides an overview of land use and land cover (LULC) change and re~ona1 to global patterns of that change and responses. Human activities now dominate the Earth's global ecosystem and LULC change is one of the most pervasive and influential of those activities. LULC change alters nutrient cycling, hydrology, ecology, ecosystem and community functioning, species diversity, and enhances the spread of invasive species and communicable disease. Drivers of LULC change and methods of quantification are discussed. This report does not attempt to examine in detail the specific consequence of each potential change in land use and land cover at a global scale. Rather, it concentrates on the human drivers of land use and land cover change, regional patterns of change, and their resulting stressors and ecological impacts.
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Citation:Jarnagin, S. T. An Overview of the Stressors and Ecological Impacts Associated With Regional and Global Patterns of Population, Land Use, and Land Cover Change.William Acevedo, Janis Taylor, Dave Hester, Carol Mladinich and Sonya Glavac (ed.), Rates, Trends, Causes, and Consequences of Urban Land-Use Change in the United States, Chapter7. USGS, Corvallis, OR, (2006).
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Contact: Chris Siebert - (702) 798-2234 or siebert.christopher@epa.gov
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Division: Environmental Sciences Division
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Branch: Landscape Ecology Branch
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Product Type: Pub Report
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Published: 06/02/2006
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