Landscape Changes in the Israeli Carmel Area

An application of matrix land-use analysis
  • M. Sonis
  • M. Shoshany
  • N. Goldshlager
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 90)


The spatial redistribution of land uses can be measured by conventional remote sensing methods in the form of matrices of land-use redistributions within a given set of regions in a given time period. Two new methods of analysis of such land-use redistribution matrices are proposed: the ‘superposition principle’ and the ‘minimum information’ approach. For an empirical validation of these new methods, a settlement in the vicinity of the Haifa Carmel area is chosen. For different time intervals, the main trends in land-use redistribution are identified together with their minimum information artificial landscapes.


Matrix land-use analysis superposition principle minimum information approach land-use change Israeli Carmel area 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Sonis
    • 1
  • M. Shoshany
    • 2
  • N. Goldshlager
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Transportation and Geoinformation EngineeringIsrael Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  3. 3.Soil Erosion StationIsraeli Ministry of AgricultureEmek-HeferIsrael

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