CITIES ON FERTILE LANDS time and night- AFFECT CLIMATE time Earth ob- While cities provide a vital habitat servation data for human beings to thrive, it ap- and a biophysi- pears U.S. cities have been built on cal computer the most fertile soils, lessening the model to derive contribution s of these lands to estimates of an- Earth's food web and human agri- nua l net pri- culture, according to new research. mar y produc- Though cities account for just 3% tivity (NPP). of continental U.S. land area, the NPP measures food and fiber that could be grown plant growth by there rivals current production on describing the all U.S. agricultural lands, which rat e at which cover 29% of the country. Marc plants use car- Imhoff, NASA researcher and lead bo n from the author of a recent paper in Remote atmospher e to buil d new or- Sensing of Environment, and coau- thor Lahouari Bounoua, of NASA ganic matter through photo- and the University of Maryland, College Park, added that through- synthesis. NPP t history humans have settled in fuel s Earth's ou (a) Urbanized areas across the continental United areas with the best lands for grow-
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 2004
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