This year's Spring Land-Cover/Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Science Team meeting celebrates 15 years of NASA’s Land Cover Land Use Change Program. We will be reviewing the program accomplishments and providing a forum for mapping future directions in Land Cover Land Use Change science. We are working to make the meeting agenda an interesting mix of retrospective and prospective presentations and we welcome participation from all members.
The meeting will be held at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center, adjacent to the University of Maryland, College Park. For room block reservations, call Globetrotter Travel Services: 301-570-0800 or Toll Free: 800-322-7032. Press 2 for Housing.
UMUC Marriott Inn and Conference Center: 3501 University Drive E, Hyattsville, MD 20783 (301) 985-7385 ?marriott.com
Taxi: There should be continuous taxi service from the metro station in college park and greenbelt during metro service hours.
Taxi Service in College Park: College Park Taxi: (240) 345-8689 Greenbelt Taxi: (301) 441-8400 Ontime Transportation: (301) 474-6111
Taxi Service in Downtown DC: ?Yellow Cab: (202) 544-1212 Red Top Cab: (202) 328-3333 Welcome Taxi: (202) 332-4444
The DC Field Trip- History and Geography of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area - Mila Zlatic Includes stops at the Tidal Basin to view the Cherry Blossoms, and Dupont Circle. Bus returns to UMUC Conference center around 11:30pm. *Sign up at registration table required.
Brief Overview: We will first turn to the University Boulevard and pass through the Langley Park neighborhood where almost 90 percent of residents are immigrants – legal and illegal. It is one of the greatest concentrations of immigrants in the Washington metropolitan area – mostly Hispanic. These immigrants live well below state (or metropolitan) household income level. Poverty and unemployment rates are much higher than average. From the University Boulevard we will turn to Riggs road and arrive to the North Capitol Street – one of the four dividers of the Washington DC into 4 quadrants. We will be able to view the Capitol all the way to the heart of the city. Approach the Capitol we will first pass through relatively low income area of North Washington, but will soon enter already rehabilitated areas of the city center. The Washington DC, after almost 60 years of decay and population decline, has started to become a nation’s hot spot for redevelopment and gentrification. All sections of the city are changing. The extent of change will be clearly visible when we reach the crossroad of Massachusetts Avenue and Capitol North Street. The new developments on our right are a testimony of this rapid change in the city – new high end apartment and office buildings replacing the old row housing for lower income people are visible everywhere. Recession does not seem to affect the ongoing trend of gentrification in Washington. On the left side of the crossroad of Massachusetts Avenue and Capitol North Street is the Union Station, built during city beautiful movement that influenced the development of Washington DC at the turn of the 20th – the monumental building surrounding the Mall - from the Capitol to the Washington Monument and further on to the Lincoln Memorial. On each side of the Mall, as well as along the Constitution and Independence Avenues, endless monumental buildings have been built throughout the 20th century. In the 21st century, the last building - museum of the American Indians - was built on the Mall. Still we are awaiting completion of the last addition to the Mall - Martin Luther King memorial still under construction. We will arrive to Tidal Basin from the East and depart the bus at Jefferson Memorial, we will then proceed on foot to the great waterfalls of the Roosevelt memorial, cross the Independence avenue to pass by Korean memorial to end our walking tour at Lincoln memorial (about 1 mile walk).