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NOAA analysis reveals significant land cover changes in U.S. coastal regions

from NOAA

A new NOAA nationwide analysis shows that between 1996 and 2011, 64,975 square miles in coastal regions — an area larger than the state of Wisconsin — experienced changes in land cover, including a decline in wetlands and forest cover with development a major contributing factor. Overall, 8.2 percent of the nation's ocean and Great Lakes coastal regions experienced these changes. In analysis of the five year period between 2001-2006, coastal areas accounted for 43 percent of all land cover change in the continental U.S. more


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