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Land Use Change

Science, Policy and Management, 1st Edition

Edited by Richard J. Aspinall, Michael J. Hill

CRC Press

216 pages | 60 B/W Illus.

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Changes in the use of land reflect a variety of environmental and social factors, necessitating an equally varied suite of data to be used for effective analysis. While remote sensing, both from satellites and air photos, provides a central resource for study, socio-economic surveys, censuses, and map sources also supply a wealth of valid information. Land Use Change: Science, Policy, and Management presents spatial theories and methodologies that support an integrated approach to the analysis of land use change. Focusing on spatial representation and modeling, this book addresses such important scientific issues as the dynamics of change, integration and feedback between system elements, and scale issues in space and time.


"This book has a much stronger organization than many similar edited volumes because of the excellent introductory and concluding chapters that link the studies to relevant theories and core science questions. Each of the book’s chapters can stand on its own, yet each also contributes to the overall book theme of using case studies to develop better theory and methods to understand land change and to assist policy makers."

– Darrell E. Napton, South Dakota State University, in Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, June 2009, Vol. 75, No. 6

". . . provides a good background discussion on the issues surrounding this important topic, and as such it should be read by not only graduate students and academics with an interest in land use change and landscape ecology but also on the ground by land managers and policy makers."

– D. M. Pearson, Charles Darwin University, in Journal of Spatial Science, December 2008

Table of Contents

Theory and Methodology

Basic and Applied Land Use Science, R.J. Aspinall

Developing Spatially Dependent Procedures and Models for Multicriteria Decision Analysis: Place, Time, and Decision Making Related to Land Use Change, M.J. Hill

Comparative Regional Case Studies

Spatial Methodologies for Integrating Social and Biophysical Data at a Regional or Catchment Scale, I. Byron and R. Lesslie

An Integrated Socioeconomic Study of Deforestation in Western Uganda, 1990–2000, R. Babigumira, D. Müller, and A. Angelsen

Modeling Unplanned Land Cover Change across Scales: A Colombian Case Study, A. Etter and C. McAlpine

Landscape Dynamism: Disentangling Thematic versus Structural Change in Northeast Thailand, K. A. Crews

Developing a Thick Understanding of Forest Fragmentation in Landscapes of Colonization in the Amazon Basin, A.C. Millington and A.V. Bradley

Urban Land Use Change, Models, Uncertainty, and Policymaking in Rapidly Growing Developing World Cities: Evidence from China, M. Fragkias and K.C. Seto

Synthesis and Prospect

Synthesis, Comparative Analysis, and Prospect, M.J. Hill and R.J. Aspinall


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems