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Monday, April 9 • 1:45pm - 2:00pm
URBAN/EXURBAN LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY: Parcelization in the Exurbs: A Case Study in Butler County (OH) from 2004 to 2014

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AUTHORS: Christine Daley*, Amelie Davis – Miami University

ABSTRACT: Urban growth at the urban-rural fringe, i.e. exurbanization, has become a dominant residential land use in the last several decades. This type of growth is thought to have deleterious environmental implications especially in terms of landscape fragmentation and loss of farmland. In order to better understand these effects, we examine the process of parcelization in Butler County, OH which sits between two regions undergoing rural sprawl (Dayton, OH and Cincinnati, OH). Using Butler County, Ohio parcel data from 2004 and 2014, we examine which parcels have been subdivided in the past decade, i.e. the process of parcelization. We then look at a) the size distribution of the new parcels, and b) their spatial distribution relative to their size and distance from urban centers. Next, we evaluate the land cover changes associated with this changing land use, using a 6 class, 1-meter spatial resolution land cover data. All these data are then input into a clustering algorithm to assess patterns in parcelization, size, and land cover change.

Monday April 9, 2018 1:45pm - 2:00pm CDT
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