A design for a sustained assessment of climate forcing and feedbacks related to land use and land cover change

Thomas R. Loveland, Rezaul Mahmood

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Abstract

Land use and land cover change (LULCC) plays an important role in the climate system. Sustained assessment of the climatic impacts of land use and land cover change is essential. Both the climate and the human activities that result in LULCCs are complex systems and can only be observed with limited direct observations. To provide input to climate and meteorological models, LULCC forecast models must be spatially explicit, provide a means to parameterize key land-atmosphere interactions, and provide scenario-based forecasts for 50-100 years. The most viable future LULCC projections will be those based on well-defined and vetted scenarios. Higher-resolution land cover characteristics and land cover change data are needed to detect disturbances or land cover transformations from local to national scales and to evaluate the specific cover types that are affected by weather and climate variability. An assessment capability is needed that provides regular information update on the impacts of weather and climate conditions and climate trends on LULC and LULCC. Perhaps most important for LULCC assessments is the improvement in geospatial representation of land use practices, which are needed to understand the extent of the social and economic aspects of climate impacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1563-1572
Number of pages10
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Volume95
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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