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Integrated Land Use and Environmental Models

A Survey of Current Applications and Research

Guhathakurta, Subhrajit (Ed.)

Jointly published with Herberger Center for Design Excellence, Tempe, AZ, USA

2003, IX, 271 p.

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This volume is the result of an invited symposium titled "Integrated Land-Use and Environmental Models: A Survey of Current Applications and Research" that was held in October 2000 at Arizona State University. The idea for the symposium arose from a belief held by many academics that we are at the watershed of a new generation of models that are more dynamic, more pragmatic, more interdiscipli­ nary, and more amenable to collaborative decision making. Several academics and professionals engaged in urban research had long realized that domain-specific knowledge was inadequate for understanding and managing urban growth. While interdisciplinary approaches have become critical in most social research, one general area of knowledge that stands out as having the most wide-ranging impact on current urban modeling efforts is the field comprised of environmental sciences and ecology. The symposium offered a forum for academics and professionals engaged in urban and ecological modeling to exchange ideas and experiences, specifically in areas that overlapped urban and environmental issues. The contri­ butions to this volume highlight the progress made in the various efforts to build integrated urban and environmental models. More importantly, each chapter shows how ideas have diffused across disciplinary boundaries to create better policy-relevant models. In addition, this book outlines some promising areas of research that could make important contributions to the field of urban and envi­ ronmental modeling. Integrated thinking about urban and environmental issues has been fundamental to the concept of sustainability.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Patches - classification - development - digital elevation model - ecology - ecosystem - ecosystem processes - environment - environmental modeling - geographic data - geography - geoinformation - landscape ecology - modeling - urban planning

Related subjects » Ecology - Geographical Information Systems - Geography - Monitoring & Environmental Analysis - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

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Section I: Evolving Definitions—Changing Practices.- 1. Advances in Urban and Environmental Modeling: Surveying the Terrain and Demarcating Frontiers.- 2. New Developments in Urban Modeling: Simulation, Representation, and Visualization.- 3. Integrating Knowledge about Land Use and the Environment Through the Use of Multiple Models.- Section II: Ecologic Processes and Their Land Use Implications.- 4. How We Will Grow: Baseline Projections of California’s Urban Footprint Through the Year 2100.- 5. Linking Land-use Change with Ecosystem Processes: A Hierarchical Patch Dynamic Model.- 6. Adaptive Management of Complex Socio-environmental Systems in the Southwestern United States: Examples of Urbanizing Watersheds in Arizona and Texas.- 7. Dynamic Spatial Modeling of Urban Growth on the San Pedro Watershed.- Section III: Visualization, Representation, and Communication.- 8. Texture as a Property of Remote-sensed Images: Augmenting Standard Spectral Classification Techniques Identification of Built Patches on the Upper San Pedro Basin Landscape.- 9. Balancing Measurement Precision with Cognitive Efforts in Weighting Method Selection.- Section IV: Socioeconomic Implications of Transportation and Land Use.- 10. Modeling the Reciprocal Relationship between Metropolitan Roadway Expansion and Urban Land Development with Elementary Extensions to Environmental Consequences.- 11. Reexamining the Geography of the Urban Labor Market: A Case Study of the San Francisco Bay Area.- 12. Modeling Opportunity: Employment Accessibility and the Economic Performance of Metropolitan Phoenix Neighborhoods.- 13. Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Review of the Maricopa Region and the MAG Socioeconomic Projection Process.- Contributor Biographies.

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