Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2010 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Historical Residential and Employment Patterns in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area
McChesney, Ron
Co-Authors: Ron McChesney

Abstract: Three Scale Research worked with Professor Elena Irwin at Ohio State University during the summer of 2010. The objective is to help gather and improve the set of historical data needed to study large scale land use change in order to assist the study of land use correlations with changes in water quality in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. We present results of historical subdivision dating in Harford County, Maryland from 1900 to present, which we believe significantly will enhance understanding of residential land use dynamics. While residential land use is the number one developed land use type, commercial land use, while not nearly as consumptive of land, has large watershed impacts due to the more intensive on site surface pavement, along with the generation of large volumes of traffic. Changes in employment are presented at the 1 sq km grid cell scale for the entire metropolitan area from 1990-2010.