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Winter 2001 Couclelis Monday 5 00 7 45 EH 2620 Geography 220 Seminar in Regional Analysis Modeling Land Use Change Description and objectives The main objective of this seminar is to familiarize participants with the wide range of models of land use change that have been developed and applied in the environmental disciplines with the practical methodological and theoretical issues surrounding such models and with the strengths and weaknesses of each kind Land use change models are directly relevant to much of the research in this department on both the physical and the human side The seminar will be built around a very recent report published jointly by the US Forest Service and the Center for the Study of Institutions Population and Environmental Change CIPEC of Indiana University The 78 page report is entitled A Review and Assessment of Land Use Change Models Dynamics of Space Time and Human Choice and undertakes a systematic review and comparison of 18 different models of land use change Beyond learning about the models themselves there are a host of broader questions to discuss the representation of space time complexity and human decision in models how to classify and compare models leading to the issue of meta data for models data integration issues the role of GIS and geocomputation in process oriented modeling and issues of combining physical and human geography perspectives The seminar should be of interest to anyone studying phenomena at the humanenvironmental interface since land use change is the geographical trace of all kinds of physical and social processes at a variety of scales Main reading A Review and Assessment of Land Use Change Models Dynamics of Space Time and Human Choice by C Agarwal G L Green M Grove T Evans and C Schweik Published jointly by the US Forest Service and the Center for the Study of Institutions Population and Environmental Change CIPEC Indiana University Over the course of the quarter we will read several other papers and book chapters explore materials available over the Internet and build up an extensive annotated bibliography I encourage nay urge students to bring to the attention of the class relevant materials from their own areas of interest Course requirements Participants will be expected to read a variety of materials Before each class each participant will circulate brief comments based on at least one reading dealing with that week s topic In addition each participant will be responsible for the presentation in class of one land use change model OR one FOCUS theme see course outline Final projects will consist of a further elaboration of these class presentations aimed at linking more explicitly the chosen model or focus topic with the student s research interests Grades will be determined by class participation weekly notes and the model or theme presentation in class 80 and the written submission and presentation of a final project 20 Preliminary Course outline Report Chapter 1 8 1 Introduction



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