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Rezaul Mahmood, Western Kentucky UniversityFollow
Roger A. Pielke Sr., University of Colorado at Boulder
Kenneth G. Hubbard, University of Nebraska-LincolnFollow
Dev Niyogi, Purdue University
Gordon Bonan, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Peter Lawrence, University of Colorado at Boulder
Richard McNider, University of Alabama - Huntsville
Clive McAlpine, University of Queensland
Andres Etter, Universidad Javeriana
Samuel Gameda, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Budong Qian, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Andrew Carleton, Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus
Adriana Beltran-Przekurat, University of Colorado at Boulder
Thomas Chase, University of Colorado at Boulder
Arturo I. Quintanar, Western Kentucky University
Jimmy O. Adegoke, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Sajith Vezhapparambu, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Glen Connor, Western Kentucky University
Salvi Asefi, University of Alabama - Huntsville
Elif Sertel, Istanbul Technical University
David R. Legates, University of Delaware
Yuling Wu, University of Alabama - Huntsville
Robert Hale, Colorado State University - Fort Collins
Oliver W. Frauenfeld, University of Colorado at Boulder
Anthony Watts, IntelliWeather
Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia
Chandana Mitra, University of Georgia
Valentine G. Anantharaj, Mississippi State University
Souleymane Fall, Purdue University
Robert Lund, Clemson University
Anna Treviño, Louisiana State University
Peter Blanken, University of Colorado at Boulder
Jinyang Du, USDA-ARS
Hsin-I Chang, Purdue University
Ronnie Leeper, Western Kentucky University
Udaysankar S. Nair, University of Alabama - Huntsville
Scott Dobler, Western Kentucky University
Ravinesh Deo, University of Queensland
Jozef Syktus, Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management

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Published in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (January 2010) Volume 91, Issue 1 pp. 37-46. DOI:10.1175/2009BAMS2769.1


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Human activities have modified the environment for thousands of years. Significant population increase, migration, and accelerated socioeconomic activities have intensified these environmental changes over the last several centuries. The climate impacts of these changes have been found in local, regional, and global trends in modern atmospheric temperature records and other relevant climatic indicators.

An important human influence on atmospheric temperature trends is extensive land use/land cover change (LULCC) and its climate forcing. Studies using both modeled and observed data have documented these impacts (e.g., Chase et al. 2000; Kalnay and Cai 2003; Cai and Kalnay 2004; Trenberth 2004; Vose et al. 2004; Feddema et al. 2005; Christy et al. 2006; Mahmood et al. 2006b; Ezber et al. 2007; Nuñez et al. 2008). Thus, it is essential that we detect LULCCs accurately, at appropriate scales, and in a timely manner so as to better understand their impacts on climate and provide improved prediction of future climate.