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What's new about Picture Michigan Tomorrow
This effort differs from past predictive efforts in several ways:
The Core of Picture Michigan Tomorrow is the commitment to translate scientific efforts into good land, economic, fiscal, and environmental decision making.
Past Efforts and Successes in Land Use Modeling in Michigan
In 2001, a team of researchers from Michigan State University, in conjunction with Public Sector Consultants and the Planning and Zoning Center, developed the Michigan Land Resource Project, with funding from the W.K. Kellogg and the Frey Foundation. A land consumption model was developed for the state of Michigan. These projections show a potential scenario of land development.
This project contributed to the work of The Michigan Land Use Leadership Council, and spurred follow up projects like the Michigan Tipping Point Project (http://www.cevl.msu.edu/pages/lulc/peopleland.htm) funded by People and Land. The Tipping Point Project looks at what shifts are upcoming in Michigan's economy due to land use change.
Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science Research and Outreach Services (RS&GIS) has a long and distinguished history of involvement in land cover/land use issues throughout the State of Michigan. The MSU Remote Sensing Project (the precursor to RS&GIS) began as a NASA- funded research project – Project for the Use of Remote Sensing in Land Use Policy Formulation. MSU's Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services has developed protocols and procedures for land use and land cover change analysis, and outreach delivery. The standardized land cover/land use update procedures developed by RS&GIS are now being employed by other organizations performing land cover/land use updates. RS&GIS teaches biannual workshops on aerial image interpretation and its application to land cover/land use updating. ll then be used to develop detailed reports on the impacts of land use change to federal, state, and local decision makers. The decision makers will also be able to look at multiple planning scenarios to evaluate the impact of policy changes. This effort will form a foundation for understanding land use change in Michigan and a hierarchical planning and visualization tool for local, regional, and state planners, well as provide data and analysis to the research community.
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