Georgia Land Use Trends

As Georgia’s population and economy grow, the demand for land is increasing rapidly. Much of the land use change is from forest and agriculture to urban uses. Often, this rapid growth contributes to sprawl, with its attendant environmental and economic impacts. The mission of the Georgia Land Use Trends (GLUT) Project, funded in part by the Turner Foundation, is to track and analyze the changes in Georgia’s land use over the past 25 years, providing valuable information for planners, policy makers, and researchers.

GIS databases for the entire state are generated using LANDSAT data. So far, databases for 1974, 1985, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2005, and 2008 have been created. Land cover maps are created for each year, distinguishing the following land cover types:

  • Beaches/Dunes/Mud
  • Quarries/Strip Mines/Rock Outcrops
  • Open Water
  • Low Intensity Urban
  • High Intensity URban
  • Clearcut/Sparse
  • Deciduous Forest
  • Evergreen Forest
  • Mixed Forest
  • Row Crops/Pasture
  • Forested Wetland (salt water)
  • Frorested Wetland (freshwater)
  • Non-forested Wetland

An 18-class Landcover Map is available from the Georgia GIS Clearinghouse.

View the metada for the 1998 landcover map.