The Future of the Urban South

USGS and NC State scientists project urban sprawl in the south through 2060 using urban growth simulations.  The study looked beyond population projections to focus on the type of development… that is sprawl.  The extent of the developed land has important implications for both ecology, ecosystem services, and land conservation.  The results examine areas where ecosystem fragmentation is likely, and is intended to support local and regional discussions on “tradeoffs between ecosystem health, economic growth and cultural desires”.  Read the entire article online.

Terando AJ, Costanza J, Belyea C, Dunn RR, McKerrow A, et al. (2014) The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.S. PLoS ONE 9(7): e102261. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102261

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