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Landscape position and spatial patterns in the distribution of land use within the southern Appalachian Mountains

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Rice, JS; Emanuel, RE
Published in: Physical Geography
September 3, 2014

Understanding the forces that influence the distribution of land use and land-use change (LUC) is an essential step in developing effective strategies for managing these issues. We examined the influence of landscape position on spatial patterns in land-use distribution within the Little Tennessee River Basin (LTRB) of the southern Appalachian Mountains. We show that landscape position, defined with respect to both natural and anthropogenic spatial variables, provides for the identification of statistically significant differences in the distribution of common forms of land use in the study region. Using the same variables, significant differences in the landscape positions subject to land-use change in the LTRB are also examined. These results suggest landscape position exerts a strong influence on the distribution of different forms of land use and the likeliness of given area undergoing LUC. The approach presented here, of considering land use as a function of landscape position that responds to both natural and anthropogenic forces, may prove useful in aiding the development of future strategies to address the consequences of land use in many regions. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

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Physical Geography

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0272-3646

Publication Date

September 3, 2014

Volume

35

Issue

5

Start / End Page

443 / 457

Related Subject Headings

  • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
  • 3709 Physical geography and environmental geoscience
  • 3702 Climate change science
  • 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
  • 0401 Atmospheric Sciences
 

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Rice, J. S., & Emanuel, R. E. (2014). Landscape position and spatial patterns in the distribution of land use within the southern Appalachian Mountains. Physical Geography, 35(5), 443–457. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723646.2014.909218
Rice, J. S., and R. E. Emanuel. “Landscape position and spatial patterns in the distribution of land use within the southern Appalachian Mountains.” Physical Geography 35, no. 5 (September 3, 2014): 443–57. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723646.2014.909218.
Rice, J. S., and R. E. Emanuel. “Landscape position and spatial patterns in the distribution of land use within the southern Appalachian Mountains.” Physical Geography, vol. 35, no. 5, Sept. 2014, pp. 443–57. Scopus, doi:10.1080/02723646.2014.909218.
Journal cover image

Published In

Physical Geography

DOI

ISSN

0272-3646

Publication Date

September 3, 2014

Volume

35

Issue

5

Start / End Page

443 / 457

Related Subject Headings

  • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
  • 3709 Physical geography and environmental geoscience
  • 3702 Climate change science
  • 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
  • 0401 Atmospheric Sciences