Lecture Notes: Land Evaluation

D G Rossiter
Cornell University
Department of Soil, Crop, & Atmospheric Sciences
August 1994
SCAS Teaching Series No. T94-1

Land evaluation may be defined as the process of prediction of land performance when the land is used for specified purposes. Land evaluation can be a key tool for land use planning, either by individual land users (e.g., farmers), by groups of land users (e.g., cooperatives or villages), or by society as a whole (e.g., as represented by governments). There is a diverse set of analytical techniques which may be used to describe land uses, to predict the response of land to these in both physical and economic terms, and to optimize land use in the face of multiple objectives and constraints.

These notes were developed for the Cornell University course Soil, Crop & Atmospheric Sciences 494 Special Topics in Soil, Crop & Atmospheric Sciences: Land evaluation, with emphasis on computer applications, Spring Semester 1994, and were subsequently expanded and formatted for publication. They are not to be considered as a definitive text on land evaluation. Clearly, they are somewhat outdated. Still, they may be a useful starting point.

Lecture Notes Copyright © 1994 David G. Rossiter; dgr2 (at) cornell.edu
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