chapter  20
Simulation of Land-Cover Changes: Integrating GIS, SocioEconomic and Ecological Processes, and Markov Chain Models
ByYelena Ogneva-Himmelberger
Pages 12

The need to couple GIS and modelling techniques has been strongly expressed by environmental modellers, and some successful attempts have been made to integrate GIS with atmospheric, hydrological, land surface-subsurface processes, and biological/ecosystems modelling (Goodchild et al., 1993). However, there are very few examples of coupling GIS with models that link environmental processes to their socio-economic causes, such as relating land-cover change to their human driving forces (Dale et al., 1993; Veldcamp and Fresco, 1995).