Land Cover Change in Southern California

Authors: Mahnoor Khan*, University of Maryland
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change, Human-Environment Geography, Remote Sensing
Keywords: global climate change, southern California, California, land cover, remote sensing
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The effects of global climate change (GCC) have become more and more prominent over the years. The state of California, especially southern California due to its location, has faced the exacerbation of its existing issues such as forest fires, droughts, and earthquakes. My project will explain the direct consequence GCC has on southern California land cover and land use. I’ll do this by explaining related aspects of earth science as well as by creating maps in order to visualize the way land use has changed in southern California over the past several decades. My aim is to raise awareness about the fact that GCC doesn’t only affect humans and animals, it also affects vegetation. By tracking these changes, we humans can be one step ahead of the inevitable effects of GCC by learning to track patterns of land usability and use them to our advantage.

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