Impacts of Climate Change and Land Use  on the Southwestern United States

Human impacts on the landscape

Urban Land Use Change in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area

Paul Braun, Martin Chourre, Dave Hughes,
Jamie Schubert, Heike Striebek and Richard Thorstad

U. S. Geological Survey

Urban land use was delineated at four different time periods for the Albuquerque area. This information was obtained from aerial photos taken in 1935, 1951, 1973 and 1991. Urban use was designated as having roughly a minimum of three buildings (houses) per 2.5 acres, which was used in the Anderson Level I classification scheme described in USGS Professional Paper 964. The graphic files also show the major roads, railroads and the Rio Grande River for geographical reference. The following table summarizes the total urban area in acres and percent growth.

Urban Development
YearUrban area (acres)% growth from 1935% growth from previous period
195115397.889 252 252
197349746.052 1038223
199184889.333 184271


1935 to 1991 urban Albuquerque changes

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