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11 Campus Blvd., Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
(610) 557-4017
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Landscape & Demographic Change


The Northern Research Station has realigned our staff from 37 Research Work Units and Programs into 14 new Research Work Units.

RWU-4902 is now part of NRS-9, People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy.

Urban areas across the nation have tripled in extent since 1950, and they show no signs of slowing. As cities expand across the landscape, natural resource managers and policymakers need to be able to anticipate and respond to the widespread changes and increasing pressures affecting open space. But while burgeoning developments threaten some critical natural areas, they also provide exciting new opportunities for creativity and innovation in guiding growth and making existing urban environments more livable.

Our research into landscape and demographic change looks at issues from the large-scale vantage – using census, land cover, and land use data – as well as from the site-specific and human scale – addressing people’s perceptions of places and issues. We look at the full range of how natural environments are impacted by change, along with how change impacts people, both positively and negatively. Our research recognizes that landscape change results from people’s behavior and decision-making, and at the same time influences it.

Planning & policy strategies - As landscapes change, elected officials and planners need to have the information and tools to be able to make wise decisions for their constituents. ...more>>

Changing land uses, changing landscapes - Landscape change is closely tied to changes in land use. ...more>>

Demographic change -Where people live, how they live, their income and ethnicity, and what’s important to them are examples of characteristics that influence how people interact with the landscape. ...more<>

Urban sprawl & housing growth -The term “urban sprawl” suggests it applies only to big cities, but suburban and rural areas also confront development and land-management issues. ...more>>

Landscape design -The choices people make about where to live and work have implications for landscape design. ...more>>


Last Modified: 12/21/2007