College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Center for Land Use Education and Research
Connecticut's Changing Landscape (CCL)

Basic Land Cover Information Showing Changes to CT's Landscape Since 1985

Analysis & Commentary



Analysis Based on CCL Version 2 Land Cover

Riparian Corridors Analysis Project

Land Cover Change Along Connecticut's Streams

This study looks at land cover change along the state's environmentally critical streamside, or riparian, corridors, during the 21 year period from 1985 to 2006.

Agricultural Fields & Soils Analysis Project

Land Cover Change Over Connecticut's Best Agricultural Soils

This site summarizes an analysis of the status and trends of agricultural fields in Connecticut, and how they relate to the statewide data on agricultural soils of importance.

Forest Fragmentation Analysis Project

Land Cover Change Within Connecticut's Forests

This site looks at land cover change within Connecticut's forests, during the 21 year period from 1985 to 2006, to get a better sense of the health and function of one of our state's most important resources.

Analysis Based on CCL Version 1 Land Cover

Coastal Area Land Cover Analysis Project (CALCAP)

This project, funded by the Office of Long Island Sound Programs (OLISP) of Connecticut DEP, focuses on land cover and land cover change information for the coastal area. This link takes you to data tables and maps developed by this project.

Coastal Riparian Buffers Analysis

The scientific literature suggests that one of the best ways to protect water resources is by keeping riparian (streamside) corridors in a natural state. Just how much of our coastal riparian buffer areas in Connecticut are still natural, and how fast are we developing them? This study, funded by the Long Island Sound Study National Estuary Program, is using our satellite-based Changing Landscape data to find out.

Long Island Sound Impervious Surfaces

In this study conducted for the Long Island Sound Study National Estuary Program, CLEAR researchers used innovative remote sensing techniques to quantify impervious surfaces in the Connecticut and lower New York region from 1985 to 2002. Impervious surfaces like asphalt, rooftops and concrete are a reliable indicator of the impact of development on water resources.

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March 22, 2009. New Data Track Evolution of a Landscape.

Commentary Based on Version 1 Land Cover

March 22, 2004 - The Hartford Courant, Editorial
Maps Tell Sprawl Story (pdf 27KB)

March 21, 2004 - The Hartford Courant, Commentary by Chester Arnold
Sprawl: A Birds-eye View (pdf 27KB)

January 4, 2004 - The Hartford Courant, Article By Mike Swift
Satellite Pinpoints State's Sprawl
- New Computer Maps Show Loss Of Land In Every Town To Development Over Decades (pdf 33KB)

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