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Investigating the Spatial Effects of Agricultural Land Abandonment and Expansion

01 Jan 2016-
TL;DR: In this article, the authors investigated the agricultural land abandonment and agricultural land expansion in the case of the Edmonton-Calgary Corridor, Canada using remote sensing data from 2000 to 2012, including environmental and socioeconomic factors to explore the drivers of land use conversions between agriculture and natural land.
Abstract: This study investigates the agricultural land abandonment and agricultural land expansion in the case of the Edmonton-Calgary Corridor, Canada. Using remote sensing data from 2000 to 2012, we include environmental and socio-economic factors to explore the drivers of land use conversions between agriculture and natural land. This research also adopts spatial techniques to allow for spatial effects from neighboring areas’ land-use activities. Key results from this study include: (1) higher land suitability for agriculture is negatively associated with agricultural land abandonment; (2) road density contributes to land use conversions between agriculture and natural land; and (3) land-use activities and decisions have strong spatial effects on neighboring regions, and the incorporation of spatial interactions can result in less biased results. In addition, an investigation of bidirectional land transitions helps in better understanding the associated gains and losses of agriculture and natural land.
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Luc Anselin1
31 Aug 1988
TL;DR: In this article, a typology of Spatial Econometric Models is presented, and the maximum likelihood approach to estimate and test Spatial Process Models is proposed, as well as alternative approaches to Inference in Spatial process models.
Abstract: 1: Introduction.- 2: The Scope of Spatial Econometrics.- 3: The Formal Expression of Spatial Effects.- 4: A Typology of Spatial Econometric Models.- 5: Spatial Stochastic Processes: Terminology and General Properties.- 6: The Maximum Likelihood Approach to Spatial Process Models.- 7: Alternative Approaches to Inference in Spatial Process Models.- 8: Spatial Dependence in Regression Error Terms.- 9: Spatial Heterogeneity.- 10: Models in Space and Time.- 11: Problem Areas in Estimation and Testing for Spatial Process Models.- 12: Operational Issues and Empirical Applications.- 13: Model Validation and Specification Tests in Spatial Econometric Models.- 14: Model Selection in Spatial Econometric Models.- 15: Conclusions.- References.

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  • ...For a comprehensive discussion of weight matrices, we refer readers to Anselin (1988) and the reference therein....

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TL;DR: In this paper, simple diagnostic tests based on OLS residuals were proposed for spatial error autocorrelation in the presence of a spatially lagged dependent variable and for spatial lag dependence.

1,681 citations


"Investigating the Spatial Effects o..." refers methods in this paper

  • ...We followed the conventional process developed by Anselin et al. (1996) and conducted Lagrange Multiplier (LM) tests, including the robust LM tests for comparison....

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TL;DR: In this article, a spatial analysis applied to examine the main driving forces of land-cover and land-use change in a Mediterranean region is presented, showing the intensification of subsidised herbaceous crops on the coastal agricultural plain, the abandonment of olive trees and vineyards in the transitional area and forest restoration in the mountainous subregion.

528 citations


"Investigating the Spatial Effects o..." refers background or methods in this paper

  • ..., 2011) and agricultural land prices (Alix-Garcia et al., 2012; Li et al., 2013; Serra et al., 2008) are regarded as the main socio-economic factors that impact agricultural land-use decisions....

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  • ...…impacts from agricultural land abandonment include the stabilization of soils and carbon sequestration (Laiolo et al., 2004; Tasser et al., 2003), while negative influences are the gradual loss of landscape complexity and a higher risk of natural disasters (Bielsa et al., 2005; Serra et al., 2008)....

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  • ...According to previous research, population density (Marti’nez et al., 2011) and agricultural land prices (Alix-Garcia et al., 2012; Li et al., 2013; Serra et al., 2008) are regarded as the main socio-economic factors that impact agricultural land-use decisions....

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  • ..., 2003), while negative influences are the gradual loss of landscape complexity and a higher risk of natural disasters (Bielsa et al., 2005; Serra et al., 2008)....

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TL;DR: Estimated fragmentation gradients that describe mean fragmentation as a function of distance from urban centers confirm the hypotheses that fragmentation rises and falls with distance and that the point of maximum fragmentation shifted outward over time.
Abstract: We investigate the dynamics and spatial distribution of land use fragmentation in a rapidly urbanizing region of the United States to test key propositions regarding the evolution of sprawl. Using selected pattern metrics and data from 1973 and 2000 for the state of Maryland, we find significant increases in developed and undeveloped land fragmentation but substantial spatial heterogeneity as well. Estimated fragmentation gradients that describe mean fragmentation as a function of distance from urban centers confirm the hypotheses that fragmentation rises and falls with distance and that the point of maximum fragmentation shifted outward over time. However, rather than outward increases in sprawl balanced by development infill, we find substantial and significant increases in mean fragmentation values along the entire urban–rural gradient. These findings are in contrast to the results of Burchfield et al. [Burchfield M, Overman HG, Puga D, Turner MA (2006) Q J Econ 121:587–633], who conclude that the extent of sprawl remained roughly unchanged in the Unites States between 1976 and 1992. As demonstrated here, both the data and pattern measure used in their study are systematically biased against recording low-density residential development, the very land use that we find is most strongly associated with fragmentation. Other results demonstrate the association between exurban growth and increasing fragmentation and the systematic variation of fragmentation with nonurban factors. In particular, proximity to the Chesapeake Bay is negatively associated with fragmentation, suggesting that an attraction effect associated with this natural amenity has concentrated development.

503 citations


"Investigating the Spatial Effects o..." refers background in this paper

  • ...While losses of agricultural land to developed uses have been widely discussed (Francis et al., 2012; Irwin and Bockstael, 2007), recent literature has started to pay more attention to the issue of land use transitions between agriculture and natural land bases that mainly refer to agricultural…...

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  • ...While losses of agricultural land to developed uses have been widely discussed (Francis et al., 2012; Irwin and Bockstael, 2007), recent literature has started to pay more attention to the issue of land use transitions between agriculture and natural land bases that mainly refer to agricultural land abandonment (i....

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TL;DR: In this article, a multivariate statistical model based on geo-physical and socio-economic variables was developed to characterize the locations in the Swiss mountains where agricultural land has been abandoned and overgrown by trees andbushes.

450 citations


"Investigating the Spatial Effects o..." refers background in this paper

  • ...…natural land bases that mainly refer to agricultural land abandonment (i.e., the conversion of agriculture to natural land) and agricultural land expansion (i.e., natural land conversion to agriculture) (Baumann et al., 2011; Claassen et al., 2008; Gellrich et al., 2007; McGranahan et al., 2015)....

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  • ..., natural land conversion to agriculture) (Baumann et al., 2011; Claassen et al., 2008; Gellrich et al., 2007; McGranahan et al., 2015)....

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  • ...…land abandonment as an example, farmland abandonment may lead to the fragmentation of agricultural land bases, which in turn may discourage the nearby agricultural businesses due to inability to obtain sufficient contiguous farmland to enjoy economies of scale in the future (Gellrich et al., 2007)....

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  • ...Taking agricultural land abandonment as an example, farmland abandonment may lead to the fragmentation of agricultural land bases, which in turn may discourage the nearby agricultural businesses due to inability to obtain sufficient contiguous farmland to enjoy economies of scale in the future (Gellrich et al., 2007)....

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