The Spatial Structure of the Rural‐Urban Fringe: a Multivariate Approach

Daniel R. Fesenmaier, Michael F. Goodchild, Sandra Morrison

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Abstract

The literature contains many definitions of the rural‐urban fringe, but it is difficult to find consensus on how many zones it contains, or how they can be mapped. It is argued in this paper that transitions within the fringe and at its borders are continuous rather than abrupt. In a study area adjoining London, Ontario, cluster analysis is used, and it leads to the identification of three norms. Membership probabilities are then mapped on the basis of each areal unit's resemblance to these norms through discriminant analysis. Dans la litterature, il y a beaucoup de definitions de la fringe péri‐urbaine, mais on discute le numéro de zones dans la fringe et la méthode de sa cartographie. On raisonne ici que les transitions dans la fringe et sur ses bords sont continues plutôt qu'abruptes. Dans cette étude des environs de London, Ontario, on emploie de ‘cluster analysis’ qui donne l'identification de trois groupes normatifs. On en fait une carte des probabilités d'adhésion sur la base du correspondance de chaque unité aréale à ces groupes normatifs par l'analyse discriminatoire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages255-265
Number of pages11
Volume23
No3
Specialist publicationCanadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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