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Recreational site choice modelling using high-resolution spatial data

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  • Mette Termansen
  • Colin J McClean
  • Hans Skov-Petersen

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Geographic information systems (GIS) offer attractive tools for modelling recreational behaviour. In this paper GIS is combined with a discrete choice modelling approach to investigate the importance of landscape attributes for determining forest recreational choices. A new large Danish national dataset (28 947 recreational trips) is used in conjunction with an area information system and information on other site attributes to estimate a recreational choice model. A wide set of landscape characteristics influencing recreational choice is identified. These are the size of the forest patch and adjacency or distance to other land-cover types. The area of the forest patch was found to have a positive marginally declining effect. Adjacency to other seminatural areas was found to have a positive effect. The results show that the parameter estimates depend critically on the choice-set specification and that the size of the choice set needs to be considerably larger than previous research suggests.

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  • Mette Termansen & Colin J McClean & Hans Skov-Petersen, 2004. "Recreational site choice modelling using high-resolution spatial data," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 36(6), pages 1085-1099, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:36:y:2004:i:6:p:1085-1099
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