Future suburban development and the environmental implications of lawns: A case study in New England, USA


Lawns cover more land than irrigated corn in the United States according to the most recent estimates (Milesi et al. 2009). The associated ecological ramifications–such as habitat fragmentation, water quality and availability–may be far-reaching. The way lawns are maintained, especially intensive fertilization and watering, also presents risks for water use and quality, nutrient cycling, urban climate regimes, and even human health. However, the lack of broad-extent, high-resolution land cover data has limited the ability of researchers to…

Modeling of Land-Use and Ecological Dynamics