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Landscape Science

Collage of Landscape Activities

Landscape Science at the US Forest Service cuts across research disciplines and organizational divisions to understand the drivers and implications of landscape change across land ownerships; to produce spatial data and models that evaluate management alternatives; and to highlight when, where and how partnerships are indispensable to achieving shared land management objectives.

Research Focus Areas

Landscape-scale Assessments

Landscape-scale Assessments

Forest Service conducts broad-scale assessments to examine how key drivers of change affect the landscape balance of natural resources and ecosystem services important to society.

Landscape Ecology

Landscape Ecology

Our research in Landscape Ecology examines ecological flows in increasingly complex, fragmented landscape mosaics to understand the connection between spatial patterns and processes.

Land Use & Land Cover Change

Land use determines the composition and spatial pattern of land cover and plays a critical role in structuring ecosystems in a landscape context. Forest Service research explores how economic, demographic, and policy factors drive land use change.

Spatial Data, Tools & Models

Forest Service research data illuminates spatial patterns of natural resources. Maps created with such data help inform policy and budget direction. Our tools and spatial modeling platforms are available and used by the broader research community.

Hubs of Landscape Science Expertise

Hubs of Landscape Science Expertise Link to Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies link to People and their Environments link to Landscape Change Research Group Link to Sustainable Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes Link to Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center Link to Partnership for Landscape Pattern Analysis Link to Center for Integrated Forest Science Link to National Agroforestry Center Link to Center for Landscape Science Link to Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center Link to Landscape Science Focus Area link to Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC)

Associated Research

Climate Change

Invasive Species

Wildland Fire & Fuel


Open Space Conservation