Land use and socioeconomic influences on a vulnerable freshwater resource in northern New England

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Environment, Development and Sustainability


Freshwater systems, Land use change, Water quality, Remote sensing, Sustainability, New England Sebago Lake


Land use and cover conversions as well as climatic factors drive current and future threats to freshwater systems. Research from the United States and across the globe has focused on already threatened and degraded freshwater systems, whose recovery requires significant investments. Attention must also be directed to monitoring freshwater systems that may appear robust, yet are likely to face enhanced vulnerabilities in the future due to climate and land use and cover changes. Such proactive monitoring can help identify problems early and provide potential solutions. In this study, we consider the case of Sebago Lake and its watershed in southern Maine; a region that has experienced significant population growth and development activity.


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This research was funded by a National Science Foundation award EPS-0904155 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.