Spatial optimization for land use allocation: accounting for sustainability concerns

Yao, J. , Zhang, X. and Murray, A. T. (2018) Spatial optimization for land use allocation: accounting for sustainability concerns. International Regional Science Review, 41(6), pp. 579-600. (doi: 10.1177/0160017617728551)

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Land-use allocation has long been an important area of research in regional science. Land-use patterns are fundamental to the functions of the biosphere, creating interactions that have substantial impacts on the environment. The spatial arrangement of land uses therefore has implications for activity and travel within a region. Balancing development, economic growth, social interaction, and the protection of the natural environment is at the heart of long-term sustainability. Since land-use patterns are spatially explicit in nature, planning and management necessarily must integrate geographical information system and spatial optimization in meaningful ways if efficiency goals and objectives are to be achieved. This article reviews spatial optimization approaches that have been relied upon to support land-use planning. Characteristics of sustainable land use, particularly compactness, contiguity, and compatibility, are discussed and how spatial optimization techniques have addressed these characteristics are detailed. In particular, objectives and constraints in spatial optimization approaches are examined.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yao, Dr Jing
Authors: Yao, J., Zhang, X., and Murray, A. T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:International Regional Science Review
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1552-6925
Published Online:01 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Regional Science Review 41(6): 579-600
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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