Mason, Joseph A.
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Geography
Land use--Illinois--McHenry County; Landscapes--Illinois--McHenry County; Spatial analysis (Statistics)
This paper examines the spatial association between the characteristics of the physical landscape and the distribution of human uses within McHenry County, Illinois. Spatial association for this study is defined as a degree of influence that physical characteristics have on the location of current and future human uses. An older geographic paradigm was rejuvenated to affirm the influence that the physical environment has on current human uses development. Landscape unit maps and land use data sets revealed the patterns of the physical landscape units and the categories of human uses. Several measures were developed to show the degree of influence and spatial association between the physical and human landscapes. Through this analysis, it was found that there was indeed considerable influence on the location of human uses by the characteristics of the physical landscape.
Wetzel, William Brent, "Spatial association between physical landscape units and human uses" (1998). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 4999.
x, 99 pages
Northern Illinois University
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