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Changing Landscapes in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.

Manson, Steven and Marvin Bauer.

Urbanization in the Twin Cities and elsewhere in the United States is characterized in large part by suburbanization, or decentralized, low-density residential land use. The authors attempt to understand the process of urbanization in the Twin Cities through the use of satellite imagery, land cover data, and a geographic information system (GIS). Using a cellular model of land cover change, the study isolated potential underlying causes of urbanization and identified how this change varies from place to place across the Twin Cities. The authors discuss several policy implications of their research, including the increasing loss of agricultural land and forest cover to urbanization, the increase in impervious surfaces that accompanies urbanization, the significant influence of policy instruments that guide development on the trajectory of land cover change, and the importance of accurate information about future population growth to models that predict the location of future urbanization.

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Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported in part by a grant from the Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP) at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota. Additional funding provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and by the University of Minnesota's Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Liberal Arts, McKnight Land-Grant Professor Program, and Minnesota Population Center.
36 (3): 3-11
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