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Land-Cover & Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program 


The LCLUC Program, through an interdisciplinary approach, is developing and using NASA remote sensing technologies to improve understanding of human interactions with the environment and, thus, provides a scientific foundation for understanding the sustainability, vulnerability and resilience of human land-use and terrestrial ecosystems. The components of the program include monitoring and modeling LCLUC, interactions of LCLUC with the carbon and water cycles, LCLUC feedbacks with the climate system, and LCLUC impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity, environmental goods and services, and the management of natural resources. The causes of land-use change can be both socio-economic and climatic. Land use is a means by which we can mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The longer-term objective of the LCLUC program is to facilitate the development of the capability to perform repeated global inventories of land-use and land-cover from space, and the capability to predict land-use and land-cover changes and their direct and indirect impacts on the Earth’s system and society.

Science Questions:

The NASA Strategic Plan put forward the following science questions relevant to the LCLUC program:

  • What changes are occurring in global land cover and land use, and what are their causes?
  • What are the consequences of land cover and land use change for the sustainability of ecosystems and economic productivity?

Detailed key science questions are listed on the LCLUC web site

Annual Budget: 

  • ~ $7.5 million program base funding

Major Activities:

  • Peer reviewed sponsored research
  • NASA internal level: interactions with other Focus Area program elements and other Earth Science Programs
  • National level: interaction with and contribution to U.S. CCSP LULCC IWG
  • International level: interaction with and contribution to international science programs through large international projects, such as IGBP-IHDP/GLP, IGBP/iLEAPS and regional programs such as NEESPI and MAIRS, and through international observation programs, such as GOFC/GOLD, IGOL, GEOSS and CEOS WGCV
  • Support of regional initiatives and scientific meetings
  • Facilitation of LCLUC data access to users
  • Regular Science Team meetings and communication through the LCLUC Web Site
  • Co-leading the Global Land Survey initiative based on Landsat and Landsat-like data

Major Partnerships and Collaborations:

Point of Contact for NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Program:

  • Garik Gutman
    Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Program Manager
    NASA Headquarters
    Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate
    Mail Suite 3B74
    Room 3H70
    300 E Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20546-0001
    Telephone: 202-358-0276
    Facsimile:1 202 358-2770