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Urban Sprawl Metrics (USM) Toolset – User Manual for QGIS - First Edition.


Urban Sprawl Metrics (USM) Toolset – User Manual for QGIS - First Edition.

Pourtaherian, Parnian, Nazarnia, Naghmeh, Schwick, Christian, Maurer, Yves, Schwab, Joel and Jaeger, Jochen A.G. (2023) Urban Sprawl Metrics (USM) Toolset – User Manual for QGIS - First Edition. Manual. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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The Urban Sprawl Metrics (USM) Toolset is a geographic information system (GIS) toolset and was developed using Python and C+ languages. The USM Toolset was developed to facilitate the calculation of Weighted Urban Proliferation (WUP) and all components of urban sprawl for landscapes that include built-up areas, e.g., dispersion (DIS), land uptake per person (LUP). The Toolset is straightforward to use. The language of the user interface is English. The Toolset requires three input data:
(1) the binary map of built-up areas (settlements areas and/or solitary buildings), in raster format;
(2) the geometry of reporting unit(s) (e.g., municipalities, districts, or a grid of a certain cell size) in vector format; and
(3) the number of inhabitants and jobs for the reporting unit(s) (this information must be saved by the user in the attribute table of the reporting unit(s) shapefile); and
(4) the share of settleable area for the reporting units to calculate WUPb (optional).

To practice the use of the Toolset, 13 examples are included.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Geography, Planning and Environment
Item Type:Monograph (Manual)
Authors:Pourtaherian, Parnian and Nazarnia, Naghmeh and Schwick, Christian and Maurer, Yves and Schwab, Joel and Jaeger, Jochen A.G.
Date:23 August 2023
  • Weiterentwicklung USM Toolset - QGIS-Plug-In für die Messung der Zersiedelung (Additional development of the USM Toolset: QGIS-Plug-In for the Measurement of Urban Sprawl)
  • Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE, Bern
Keywords:Built-up areas; Dispersion; Land uptake; Monitoring; QGIS, Urban development; Urban growth; Urban growth management strategies; User Manual; USP Toolset; Utilization density; Urban sprawl; Weighted Urban Proliferation (WUP); Weighted Sprawl per Capita (WSPC)
ID Code:992680
Deposited By: Jochen Jaeger
Deposited On:31 Aug 2023 16:03
Last Modified:31 Aug 2023 16:03
Additional Information:Please let us know if you have any questions using the USM Toolset. This Urban Sprawl Metrics Toolset works with QGIS. No license is required for the installation of this Toolset. Minimum requirements for the system (PC/laptop) on which the Toolset will be installed are: (1) 4 GB or more Random Access Memory (RAM), (2) 10 GB or more free space on the disc where the data files are stored, (3) 10 GB or more free space on the disc where working directories (see section 4 for explanation on working directories) will be stored. There is also a ArcMap version available (https://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/id/eprint/992200/).


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