Faculty Advisor

Lew Yan Voon, Lok C.

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan


This report, prepared for the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras and the National Sea Grant Program, assessed the land use suitability of rural regions of San Juan. Maps were generated showing agricultural, urban, and conservation suitability of the land in the San Juan metropolitan area using Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing. The geographical integrity of the land was considered in the creation of the maps, as well as the social effects of urban sprawl. The assembled data shows areas suitable for conservation as well as areas that could be used for urban development or for agricultural purposes. This report also offers recommendations on how to combat the negative effects of urban sprawl.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs