Landscape Tension Index

Brian D. Lee, James Adams, Stephen D. Austin

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The goal of this chapter is to provide a method for resolving potential incompatibilities between uses that provide societal ecosystem services and those that offer a physical base for urbanization. This chapter extends the Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) approach to resolve these conflicts in a manner that is similar to its use to ascertain agricultural land suitability (Wright et al. 1983; Pease and Coughlin 1996). The Landscape Tension Index (LTI) approach helps stakeholders visually distinguish areas for landscape preservation from places that are more suitable for urbanization. By then combining the two analyses, LTI can be created for use in land-planning discussion and decision making.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGis Applications in Agriculture
Subtitle of host publicationVolume Four • Conservation Planning
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781439867242
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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© 2015 by Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)
  • Engineering (all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)


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