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Underutilized Spaces and Marginal Lands for Sustainable Land Use: A Multi-Scale Analysis

Abstract Drawn from a trio of manuscripts, this dissertation evaluates the sustainability contributions and implications of deploying underutilized spaces for alternative uses at multiple scales: urban, regional and continental. The first paper considers the use of underutilized spaces at the urban scale for urban agriculture (UA) to meet local sustainability goals in Phoenix, Arizona. Through a data-driven analysis, it demonstrates UA can meet 90% of annual demand for fresh produce, supply local produce in all food deserts, reduce areas underserved by public parks by 60%, and displace >50,000 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions from buildings.

The second paper considers marginal agricultural land use for bioenergy crop cultivation to meet future ... (more)
Created Date 2020
Contributor ULUDERE ARAGON, Nazli Zeynep (Author) / Georgescu, Matei (Advisor) / Hanemann, William M (Committee member) / Parker, Nathan C (Committee member) / Rey, Sergio (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geography / biofuels / coupled environmental-economic modeling / data-driven analysis / sustainable land management / underutilized lands / urban agriculture
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 233 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Geography 2020
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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