University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Austin Troy

Austin Troy Affiliate

PhD, Env. Policy/Economics/Spatial Analysis, UC Berkeley

MF, Forestry, Yale Forestry School


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Austin Troy addresses issues around urban and regional planning using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, remote sensing, econometrics and land use simulation modeling, in addition to more qualitative methods. Austin's research focuses on the spatial analysis of land use in urban and urbanizing environments. Using GIS, remote sensing, dynamic modeling, spatial statistics, and qualitative analysis as tools he addressed issues such as simulation of urban growth patterns, characterization of forest fragmentation, analysis of the environmental determinants of property values, and assessment of how crime locations relate to environmental factors. Austin is also very interested in the energy footprint of cities. He is principal and co-founder of Spatial Informatics Group, LLC, an environmental consulting firm in operation since 1998.  Austin is co-principal investigator of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, one of the National Science Foundation’s two urban Long-Term Ecological Research projects.  In addition, he served for four years as a planning commissioner for the city of Burlington, VT. Austin is currently working with planners in Chittenden County, VT on using dynamic simulation modeling to predict future urban growth and traffic conditions in the area. Austin is also working on an assessment of the relationships among social groups, land management, and vegetation structure and processes in urban and urbanizing areas - a project funded by the USDA Forest Service that contributes to work on the NSF’s Baltimore Ecosystem Study. His past work includes a Longitudinal Analysis of the Social Dynamics of Environmental Equity in Baltimore, a project funded by the National Science Foundation that looked at the spatial distribution of vegetation and parks in Baltimore and related it to socio-economic and demographic population characteristics. Also, Austin worked on an analysis of the drivers of urban growth and second home development in the Northern Forest Region of Vermont and modeled future forest fragmentation patterns. He has published dozens of articles and book chapters in the past and authored The Very Hungry City, (Yale Press 2012), which is about “urban energy metabolism,” or urban energy efficiency on the metropolitan scale.

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