Land Cover/Land Use Change Session March 7-11, 2006 at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting


Special Session(s) “Land Cover/Land Use Change”

Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting
March 7-11 2006
Chicago, IL

Sponsors: Climate Specialty Group, Cryosphere Specialty Group

Local to regional land surface processes related to land cover/land use change represent an important first-order forcing of climate variability. Changes in land cover due to urbanization, agriculture, and engineering projects have important consequences for vegetation, soil moisture, sensible and latent heat fluxes, air temperature, precipitation, atmospheric circulation, the distribution of frozen ground (in high latitude/altitude regions), etc. In areas where rapid and extensive alterations to the land surface have occurred, such as China, parts of North America and Europe, high-latitude areas, as well as many other regions, the analogous land surface processes can have
widespread climatic and environmental consequences. This special session will therefore focus on the contribution of surface processes related to land cover/land use change on climate variability at a variety of spatial scales: local, regional, and potentially hemispheric and global.

To participate in this session, please register for the meeting and submit your abstract online at the AAG web site ( Then, please e-mail your abstract along with your Presenter Identification Number to one/both of the conveners (below) by Tuesday, October 11. Feel free to also e-mail prior to abstract submission if you have questions about this session.

Oliver W. Frauenfeld,
CIRES/National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado at Boulder

Rezaul Mahmood,
Dept. of Geography and Geology, and Kentucky Climate Center
Western Kentucky University

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