Spatially Distributed Integrated Modeling of Land Use Change Impact on Hydrology

A.P. Kirilenko (USA)


Modelling, Cellular automata, Land use change,Hydrology, Decision support system.


Urbanization has evolved to become one of the main driving forces of anthropogenic-related environmental change. Urbanization modifies many natural processes, starting from the local level (runoff, pollution loading, erosion, etc.) and to the global (surface albedo, climate). In our paper we describe an integrated GIS-based model for complex analysis of regional environmental changes driven by land use change in the Upper Wabash river basin. Varied spatial scales of model components produced additional challenges. The model was designed to eventually become the core of a decision support system with the goal to assist in making informed decisions on urban development.

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