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Urban Conversions of Agricultural Lands

The Phoenix Metropolitan Area has experienced an aggressive land fragmentation rate in the last three decades (York et al., 2011; Shrestha et al., 2012). Our past research identified increasing fragmentation of desert landscapes and agricultural lands as a critical issue affecting desert socioecological ecosystems and supporting services (e.g., soil sealing, loss of open space, pressure on local aquifers, and loss of desert scenic quality). This study extends our previous research by examining the drivers and patterns of new residential development on peri-urban agricultural lands from 1992-2013.