Center for Landuse Education and Research
"The mission of the Center for Land use Education And Research (CLEAR) is to provide information, education and assistance to land use decision makers, in support of balancing growth and natural resource protection. To achieve this goal, CLEAR conducts remote sensing research, develops landscape analysis tools and training, and conducts outreach education programs. CLEAR is a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources Management and Engineering (NRME) and the Cooperative Extension System (CES), two units of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). For more than 10 years, educators and researchers from these two CANR departments have collaborated on a number of award-winning projects focused on the relationship of natural resource protection to land use planning and management. The common foundation of these efforts is the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technologies to create cutting-edge information on our changing landscape, and the use of this information to develop innovative and effective outreach programs for land use decision makers. CLEAR builds upon this successful track record, underscoring CANR’s capabilities in the area of land use research and education, and providing a more cohesive institutional framework from which projects and staff can interact with existing and potential clients, colleagues, and partners. CLEAR was also created to facilitate collaboration among the Land Grant, Sea Grant, and Space Grant College Programs."
Fragmentation/Parcelization, GIS/Mapping, Impervious Surfaces/Cover, Landscape Ecology, Growth Management (urban)