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Demarcating Regions using Community Detection in Commuting Networks

We aim to find agglomerations of U.S. counties that are partitioned by commuting patterns by representing inter-county commuting patterns as a weighted network. We develop and use a community detection method based on the configuration model to …

Does removal of federal subsidies discourage development? An evaluation of the US Coastal Barrier Resources Act

Urban development relies on many factors to remain viable, including federal assistance with infrastructure development. The 1982 US Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CoBRA) prohibits federal financial assistance for infrastructure, post-storm disaster …

Explaining spatial variations in residential energy usage intensity in Chicago: The role of urban form and geomorphometry

Abstract While urban form affects building energy consumption, the pathways, direction and magnitude of the effect are disputed in the literature. This paper uses a unique dataset to examine the effect of urban form on residential electricity …

Missing Millions: Undercounting Urbanisation in India

The measurement and characterization of urbanization crucially depends upon defining what counts as urban. According to The Indian Planning Commission, less than a third of the Indian population lives in urban areas, and while Indian cities are …

Smart Meters Data for Modeling and Forecasting Water Demand at the User-level

Smart meters installed at the user-level provides a new data source for managing water infrastructure. This research explores the use of machine learning methods to forecast hourly water demand using smart meter data at the user-level. Random …

Splintered Metropolitan Opportunity in the United States? Re-Examining the 'Mismatch' between Emerging Employment Centers and Distressed Neighborhoods

Land use planners and environmental advocates often argue in favor of compact growth and the consolidation of commercial activity into well-defined centers as a method to curb traffic and improve air quality. However, recent scholarship has shown …

Urban Form and Transportation Energy Consumption

Transportation energy is a significant portion of the energy consumption of the US economy. While various policies such as changing the fuel mix and alternative fuels are proposed to make the system more efficient, the efficacy of land use policies …

Whose plan is it anyway? Energy Planning by American Indian Tribes in the United States

Plan quality evaluations have used conformance of the plan to standards or their use in subsequent deliberations as metrics. In this study, we argue that plans could be evaluated using other criteria such as utility for different users. We use the …