The Human Footprint in the WestEntry ID: USGS_FRESC_human_footprint
Abstract: Humans have dramatically altered wildlands in the western United States over the past 100 years by using these lands and the resources they provide. Anthropogenic changes to the landscape, such as urban expansion, construction of roads, power lines, and other networks and land uses necessary to maintain human populations influence the number and kinds of plants and wildlife that remain. We ... developed the map of the human footprint for the western United States from an analysis of 14 landscape structure and anthropogenic features: human habitation, interstate highways, federal and state highways, secondary roads, railroads, irrigation canals, power lines, linear feature densities, agricultural land, campgrounds, highway rest stops, land fills, oil and gas development, and human induced fires. We used these input layers to develop seven models to estimate the total influence of the human footprint. These models either explored how anthropogenic features influence wildlife populations via changes in habitat (road-induced dispersal of invasive plants, oil and gas developments, human induced fires, and anthropogenic habitat fragmentation) or predators densities (spatial distribution of domestic and synanthropic avian predators). The human footprint map is a composite of these seven models. The final map consists of a 180 meter resolution raster data set with 10 human footprint classes.
Purpose: Model the influence of anthropogenic disturbance in the western United States.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Matthias Leu, Steve Hanser, and Steve Knick, USGS-FRESC, Snake River Field Station
Dataset Title: The Human Footprint in the West
Dataset Release Date: 2008
Data Presentation Form: Raster Digital DataOnline Resource: http://sagemap.wr.usgs.gov/
Start Date: 2008-01-01
Attribute_Accuracy_Report: Dependent upon the source data.
Dependent on the logical consistency of the data from which this coverage was created. No additional checks for consistency or accuracy was completed on this final product.
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Use Constraints None, but the user assumes all responsibility for appropriate use of the data.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Format: MS XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 2; ESRI ArcCatalog 126.96.36.1990
Email: mleu at usgs.gov
970 Lusk Street
Province or State: ID
Postal Code: 83706
Leu, M., S.E. Hanser, S.T. Knick. 2008. The human footprint in the west: a large-scale analysis of anthropogenic impacts. Ecological Applications 18(5): 1119-1139.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2013-10-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27