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Land Use Impacts on Water and Forests

Land use research examines people’s use of landscapes and the accompanying changes in soil function across the larger ecosystem the soil supports.

New knowledge can be used to improve land management and ecosystem stability. Tools used include geographic information systems, terrain analysis, remote sensing and global positioning for environmental assessment and modeling, soil mapping, and land use planning; soil hydrology; water quality.

Land Use researchers working in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State.

We have a long history of studying how soil affects the lives of the state’s citizens and how people have, and are today, changing the state’s soils. While the lab’s research focuses largely on Pennsylvania soil issues, we have conducted work regionally, nationally, and internationally.