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Land Use Change of Las Vegas, Nevada. Charles N. Hahn UP 507-W. Project Objectives. Use satellite imagery along with other GIS datasets to show land use and population change for the Las Vegas Valley area over a substantial amount of time covering the beginning of Las Vegas to modern day

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Land use change of las vegas nevada

Land Use Change of Las Vegas, Nevada

Charles N. Hahn

UP 507-W


Project objectives
Project Objectives

  • Use satellite imagery along with other GIS datasets to show land use and population change for the Las Vegas Valley area over a substantial amount of time covering the beginning of Las Vegas to modern day

  • The first resort opened in 1941and was called the El Rancho


Why las vegas
Why Las Vegas?

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau LV is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the U.S.

  • From 1990 to 2000 their population change was + 83.3%

  • This type of population growth can put a major strain on an area that is already a very dry region

  • This amount of growth makes it a very exciting place to do land use/land cover analysis


Data

  • 1972 MSS path 35 row 39 image

  • 1992 MSS path 35 row 39 image

  • 1999 ETM+ path 35 row 39 image

  • USGS dem for the covered area consisting of 4 quad sheets

  • Spreadsheets of population data from U.S. Census Bureau

  • Tiger road files

  • Personally collected GPS datasets for ground truth

  • Many ArcInfo data sets from the Mojave Desert Ecosystem Program through a USGS contact including hotels, geological cover, vegetative cover, etc…










Tools to be used
Tools to be Used

  • ArcGIS and ArcInfo for projections

  • Intergraph MGE for GIS work

  • Microstation for editing vector files

  • Erdas Imagine for classification

  • Virtual GIS to build a 3d flythrough

  • ER Mapper for classification and 3d work

  • Macromedia Flash, Freehand, Fireworks, Director, and Dreamweaver for Web design

  • Adobe Photoshop for graphics work


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