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Lodhi, Mahtab

Second Advisor

Yaukey, Peter H.

Third Advisor

Posadas, Benedict


The population, employment and housing units along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi have been increasing since the 1970s through the 2000s. In this study, an overall increasing trend in land cover was found in developed land area near interstates and highways along all three coastal counties. A strong positive correlation was observed in Hancock County between developed land and population and developed land and housing units. A strong negative correlation was observed between vegetation and housing units. Weak positive correlations were found in Harrison County between developed land and population, marsh and population, and marsh and housing units. A weak positive correlation was found in Jackson County between bare soil and population. Several study limitations such as unsupervised classification and misclassification are discussed to explain why a strong correlation was not found in Harrison and Jackson Counties.


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