to the Land Transformation Model web site. The LTM combines
geographic information systems, artificial neural network, geostatistical
and remote sensing technologies to forecast land use change
is the LTM?
Transformation Model is a land use forecasting model as well as a
tool that can be used to examine the spatial and temporal aspects
of driving forces of land use change. The model uses a set of spatial
interaction rules and machine learning, through the neural net technology,
to determine the nature of spatial interactions of drivers, such as
transportation, urban infrastructure and proximity to lakes and rivers,
that have historically contributed toward land use change in the past.
This information is then used to conduct forecasting studies.
of future urban locations were made to the year 2020 and 2040.
Each of the over 1300 townships were modeled and the output
"stitched" together to create a statewide map of future
can learn more about how the model was developed and the economic
consequences this might have for Michigan's land based industries
by selecting projects and the Michigan Land Based Industries