Integrating demographic and Landsat (TM) data at a watershed scale

Kuczenski TK, Field DR, Voss , Radeloff VC, & Hagen AE (2000). Integrating demographic and Landsat (TM) data at a watershed scale. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 36 (1): 215-228. DOI:10.1111/j.1752-1688.2000.tb04261.x.

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Abstract

Recurrent calls for integrated resource management urge that an understanding of human activities and populations be incorporated into natural resource research, management, and protection efforts. In this paper, we hypothesize that watersheds can be a valuable geography for organizing an inquiry into the relationship between humans and the environment, and we present a framework for conducting such efforts. The framework is grounded in the emerging field of landscape ecology and incorporates demographic theory and data. Demography has been advanced by technological capabilities associated with the 1990 Census. Employing Geographic Information System (GIS) tools, we couple Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) land cover data with census-derived housing density data to demonstrate the operation of our framework and its utility for better understanding human-landscape interactions. In our investigation of the Kickapoo Watershed and two subwatersheds, located in southwestern Wisconsin, we identify relationships between landscape composition and the distribution and social structure of human populations. Our findings offer insight into the interplay between people and biophysical systems.

Recurrent calls for integrated resource management urge that an understanding of human activities and populations be incorporated into natural resource research, management, and protection efforts. In this paper, we hypothesize that watersheds can be a valuable geography for organizing an inquiry into the relationship between humans and the environment, and we present a framework for conducting such efforts. The framework is grounded in the emerging field of landscape ecology and incorporates demographic theory and data. Demography has been advanced by technological capabilities associated with the 1990 Census. Employing Geographic Information System (GIS) tools, we couple Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) land cover data with census-derived housing density data to demonstrate the operation of our framework and its utility for better understanding human-landscape interactions. In our investigation of the Kickapoo Watershed and two sub-watersheds, located in southwestern Wisconsin, we identify relationships between landscape composition and the distribution and social structure of human populations. Our findings offer insight into the interplay between people and biophysical systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Demography; Geographic Information Systems; Housing density; Land cover classification; Landscape ecology; Remote sensing; Resource management; Social analysis; Watershed
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 13:19
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 14:37
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13560

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