Land Cover and Land Use Change Analysis

Land cover change is one of the most important causes of environmental change. This research addresses the patters, drivers, and consequences of land cover change using remote sensing, modeling, and mixed-methods including qualitative and interview methods. Field sites include China, California, and Mexico.


map of all american canal and surrounding imperial and mexicali valleys

Land Use Change and Water Resources in the Imperial-Mexicali Valley

Water both drives and is impacted by land cover change in arid regions. This project aims to map land cover change on the US-Mexico border and to document the major drivers of those changes through mixed methods approaches that integrate remote sensing, quantitative survey data, and qualitative interviews with growers on both sides of the US-Mexico border. This project is supported in part through the NOAA CREST program Leave geography site. Principal Investigator: Trent Biggs



Survey of the location, function and spread of cities; the spatial and functional arrangement of activities in cities, leading to an analysis of current urban problems: sprawl, city decline, metropolitan transportation. Field trips may be arranged.

Political and economic forces shaping the structure and organization of cities; physical and human consequences of urbanization; environmental, economic and social sustainability of cities. Housing, transportation, land use, urban services, employment, segregation, and social inequality.

Worldwide trends in urbanization. Case studies of selected cities from various culture areas with focus on international variations in city structure and urban problems.

Intensive study of a spatial aspect of human geography. May be repeated with new content. See Class Schedule for specific content.