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Assessment of land use suitability based on water erosion susceptibility in medium-sized urban areas of the metropolitan region of Santiago, central Chile


2012 2012

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Abstract (summary)

Urban areas constitute complex spatial entities where biophysical and socioeconomic environments interact through processes that determine the distribution of land use in the territory. Given Chile's variety of landscapes, water erosion, and mass movement, and rapid expansion of its medium-sized cities, straightforward techniques for assessment of land use suitability are essential. Through evaluation of water erosion susceptibility, it is possible to efficiently determine suitability of land use in medium-sized cities and their adjacent environments. The adaptation and application of the Erosion Response Units (ERU) concept (Märker et al., 2001) in the cities of Colina and Melipilla, Metropolitan Region of Santiago, enabled an improved understanding of the relationship among erosion and land use potential variables in urban environments. Since publicly available remote sensor and ancillary GIS data were incorporated, this approach has application beyond the cities studied. The results indicate that it is possible to assess the land use suitability of medium-sized urban areas based on water erosion susceptibility by using an integrated modeling framework. Thus, the highest degrees of land use suitability are associated with lowest degrees of erosion susceptibility.

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Subject
Area Planning and Development;
Geography;
Geographic information science
Classification
0341: Area Planning and Development
0366: Geography
0370: Geographic information science
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Earth sciences; Erosion response units; Land use suitability; Medium-sized cities; Water erosion susceptibility
Title
Assessment of land use suitability based on water erosion susceptibility in medium-sized urban areas of the metropolitan region of Santiago, central Chile
Author
Fernandez, Roberto D.
Number of pages
97
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0011
Source
MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267088062
Advisor
Tullis, Jason A.
Committee member
Dixon, John C.; Kvamme, Kenneth L.
University/institution
University of Arkansas
Department
Geography
University location
United States -- Arkansas
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1503451
ProQuest document ID
914709503
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/914709503
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