Journal of Geographical Systems

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 207–227 | Cite as

STAMP: spatial–temporal analysis of moving polygons

  • Colin Robertson
  • Trisalyn A. Nelson
  • Barry Boots
  • Michael A. Wulder
Original Article

Abstract

Research questions regarding temporal change in spatial patterns are increasingly common in geographical analysis. In this research, we explore and extend an approach to the spatial–temporal analysis of polygons that are spatially distinct and experience discrete changes though time. We present five new movement events for describing spatial processes: displacement, convergence, divergence, fragmentation and concentration. Spatial–temporal measures of events for size and direction are presented for two time periods, and multiple time periods. Size change metrics are based on area overlaps and a modified cone-based model is used for calculating polygon directional relationships. Quantitative directional measures are used to develop application specific metrics, such as an estimation of the concentration parameter for a von Mises distribution, and the directional rate of spread. The utility of the STAMP methods are demonstrated by a case study on the spread of a wildfire in northwestern Montana.

Keywords

Spatial pattern analysis Spatial–temporal analysis Polygons Events Geocomputation Spread 

JEL classification

C0 C69 C69 C0 Q0 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Robertson
    • 1
  • Trisalyn A. Nelson
    • 1
  • Barry Boots
    • 2
  • Michael A. Wulder
    • 3
  1. 1.Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research (SPAR) Laboratory, Department of Geography University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Environmental StudiesWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada
  3. 3.Canadian Forest Service (Pacific Forestry Centre), Natural Resources CanadaVictoriaCanada

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