Modeling Future Development for Eastern North Carolina

Civilian and military population growth is impacting natural resource near military installations in eastern North Carolina.

The Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability and the U.S. Geological Survey conducted a study to evaluate historical population growth and model potential growth for the 13-county focus area. Multiple land cover data sets from NOAA and the Geological Survey were used for this task. The study provides a framework for evaluating and ranking easement purchases and other compatible-use opportunities that protect vital ecosystems and promote sustainable economic development around military installations. (2016)

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Partners: Department of Defense, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability, U.S. Geological Survey