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Land suitability analysis for urban development in Nashville, TN.

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Monika StaszczakFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Geosciences

Minor

Marketing

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Robin Zhang

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Poster Presentation

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This study focuses on land suitability analysis of the Nashville, TN area for urban development. Nashville has been experiencing steady population growth, according to World Population Review, “Nashville's metropolitan area is expected to reach 2 million by the next census in 2020, placing it in 10th place for largest metropolitan growth” (worldpopulationreview.com). With the current population of the Nashville metropolitan area being estimated at 1.75 million people, there is a lot of potential economic development for the city, which requires careful planning and mapping. The purpose of this study is to find most suitable locations for urban development in the Nashville metropolitan area by using a modeling tool for urban planning. Land cover data, infrastructure data, and elevation data for the Nashville metropolitan area was analyzed in ArcGIS using Model Builder, where classification parameters and weights were applied to each dataset. The results were reclassified to represent three classes: 1 (highly suitable), 2 (moderately suitable), and 3 (not suitable). The resulting map represents the overall area of each class and their respective locations.

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Land suitability analysis for urban development in Nashville, TN.

This study focuses on land suitability analysis of the Nashville, TN area for urban development. Nashville has been experiencing steady population growth, according to World Population Review, “Nashville's metropolitan area is expected to reach 2 million by the next census in 2020, placing it in 10th place for largest metropolitan growth” (worldpopulationreview.com). With the current population of the Nashville metropolitan area being estimated at 1.75 million people, there is a lot of potential economic development for the city, which requires careful planning and mapping. The purpose of this study is to find most suitable locations for urban development in the Nashville metropolitan area by using a modeling tool for urban planning. Land cover data, infrastructure data, and elevation data for the Nashville metropolitan area was analyzed in ArcGIS using Model Builder, where classification parameters and weights were applied to each dataset. The results were reclassified to represent three classes: 1 (highly suitable), 2 (moderately suitable), and 3 (not suitable). The resulting map represents the overall area of each class and their respective locations.