Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Robert Finch


AREAS, the Area REsource Analysis System, was developed by the author as an analytical tool for resource data manipulation in a spatial context. The data base and processing software design factors relevant to economical application are reviewed. The investigation seeks to define a procedure for selection and justification of the grid cell size used to quantify the spatial domain. The performance of a cellular information system is measured in terms of mapping and inventory accuracy. These measures of performance are evaluated for various cellularizations of a single map. The interboundary distance distribution is justified as the only unique characterization of the map and a mathematical model for converting this distribution into an estimate of mapping accuracy is evaluated.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Geography -- Computer programs
Remote sensing




South Dakota State University