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Using GIS Technology to Identify and Analyze ‘Food Deserts’ on the Southern Oregon Coast

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dc.contributor.advisor Edwards, Mark
dc.creator Opfer, Pamela R.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-22T13:52:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-22T13:52:36Z
dc.date.copyright 2010-06-15
dc.date.issued 2010-06-22T13:52:36Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/16305
dc.description Graduation date: 2010 en
dc.description.abstract This study analyzes food access patterns on the Southern Oregon Coast using GIS technology. The utility and capacity issues of GIS technology are explored as well as the ability for community-based organizations to apply GIS analysis at a local level. A comprehensive literature review is presented which addresses the definition of ‘food deserts’ and the applicability of different methods to measure food access in urban and rural areas. Throughout this paper, the qualitative and quantitative differences between urban and rural food deserts are illustrated. Two types of analysis are employed in order to examine the food environment of Coos and Curry Counties. One method involves using a coverage measure to determine the location and characteristics of all food stores in the study area. This measure will establish whether there is a pattern of unequal supermarket access between higher and lower-income areas. For proximity measures, several methods are used to investigate whether the study area has low-income areas lacking access to supermarkets that would be considered ‘food deserts.’ en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Food Policy en
dc.subject Food Deserts en
dc.subject Oregon Coast en
dc.subject GIS Analysis en
dc.title Using GIS Technology to Identify and Analyze ‘Food Deserts’ on the Southern Oregon Coast en
dc.type Research Paper en
dc.degree.name Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) en
dc.degree.level Master's en
dc.degree.discipline Liberal Arts en
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en
dc.contributor.committeemember Weber, Bruce
dc.contributor.committeemember Rosenberger, Nancy

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