Environmental Management

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 339–352 | Cite as

A land suitability model for the evaluation of land-use change

  • M. C. Roberts
  • J. C. Randolph
  • J. R. Chiesa


A land suitability model was developed to provide the planner with a quantitative tool for assessing the environmental limitations on proposed land-use changes in the area surrounding Lake Monroe in southern Indiana. The model incorporates a weighting procedure that allows the environmental evaluation of a decision to convert the present land use to another category. The data base for the model was assembled by a multidisciplinary team. A case study is included, which illustrates the advantages and limitations of the land suitability model as it is applied to the evaluation of a site for the Alumni Family Camp.

Key words

Land suitability model Land use Southern Indiana Weighting matrices 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. C. Roberts
    • 1
  • J. C. Randolph
    • 2
  • J. R. Chiesa
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of GeographySimon Fraser UniversityBumabyCanada
  2. 2.School of Public and Environmental AffairsIndiana UniversityBloomington

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