Defense Date

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Cliff Fox

Second Advisor

Jennifer Ciminelli, M.Sc.

Third Advisor

Dr. Darcy Mays

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Linda Fernandez

Fifth Advisor

Dr. Avrum Shriar

Abstract

Hedonic pricing methods and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) were used to evaluate relationships between sale price of single family homes and landscape fragmentation and natural land cover. Spatial regression analyses found that sale prices increase as landscapes become less fragmented and the amount of natural land cover around a home increases. The projected growth in population and employment in the Richmond, Virginia region and subsequent increases in land development and landscape fragmentation presents a challenge to sustaining intact healthy ecosystems in the Richmond region. Spatial regression analyses helped illuminate how land cover patterns influence sale prices and landscape patterns that are economically and ecologically advantageous.

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

12-16-2016

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