Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Award Date

2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Geospatial Science and Engineering

First Advisor

David P. Roy

Abstract

Land Cover Land Use (LCLU) change affects Earth surface properties including albedo that impose a radiative forcing on the climate. Recent spatially explicit satellite derived contemporary LCLU, albedo, and projected LCLU data are used to study the impact of LCLU change from 1973 to 2000, and from 2000 to 2050, on albedo and surface radiative forcing for the conterminous United States. Four research hypotheses concerned with past and potential future climate implications of LCLU change are addressed. The research described in this dissertation makes an important contribution to advancing understanding of the role of LCLU change on the climate system, which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [2007] currently describes as having a low to medium level of scientific understanding. This research explicitly addresses the recommendation made by the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) Radiative Forcing Effects of Climate Change report, for regional studies to better understand climatic responses to LCLU change [NRC, 2005]. This dissertation research has, to date, resulted in one published, one in press and one submitted paper.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Land use -- United States
Radiative forcing
Albedo
Climatic changes


Description

Includes bibliographical references

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

155

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

Copyright © 2010 Christopher A. Barnes

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