Monitoring the Evolving Land Use Patterns on the Los Angeles Metropolitan Fringe Using Remote Sensing.
CALIFORNIA UNIV RIVERSIDE DEPT OF GEOGRAPHY
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Rapid, inexpensive methods of monitoring land use change can greatly facilitate the planning of urban fringe development by use of synoptic remotely sensed imagery and urban growth theory. The urbanization of Walnut Valley, California from 1953-71 prompted land use change from intensive von Thunen market-oriented patterns to extensive, disinvested, production-factor-minimized patterns. Aerial photography used synoptically recorded six periods of land use change that bracketed dates before and after the freeway was announced and built. Interpretations of these changes help to deal with rural-urban transition problems before they arise.
- Civil Engineering