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Record number 325332
Title Determinants of land-use change patterns in the Netherlands
Author(s) Verburg, P.H.; Ritsema van Eck, J.R.; Nijs, T.C.M. de; Dijst, M.J.; Schot, P.
Source Environment and Planning B - Planning and Design 31 (2004). - ISSN 0265-8135 - p. 125 - 150.
Department(s) Laboratory of Soil Science and Geology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2004
Keyword(s) nang-rong district - economic-models - cover change - deforestation - simulation - geography - thailand - systems - gis
Abstract Land-use-change patterns are the result of the complex interaction between the human and the physical environment. Case studies of the determinants of land-use change can help to analyse which theory is appropriate in a particular region and stimulate the development of new theoretic understandings. In this paper an empirical method is presented to analyse the pattern of land-use change that allows a wide range of factors, from different disciplines, to contribute to the explanation of land-use change. The method is applied to the Netherlands, based on an extensive database of land-use change and its potential determinants. Historic as well as recent land-use changes are studied. Historic land-use change is related mainly to the variation in the biophysical environment. Levels of explanation are low because of the inability to address the temporal variation in location factors. For the recent changes in land use high levels of explanation are obtained. The most important changes during this period are expansions of residential, industrial/commercial, and recreational areas. The location of these changes can be explained by a combination of accessibility measures, spatial policies, and neighbourhood interactions. On the basis of these results it is possible to define priority topics for in-depth analysis of land-use-change processes and suggest factors, relations, and processes that need to be included in dynamic land-use-change models that support land-use-planning policies.
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