Characterizing the Road Effect Zone in GIS

The Road Effect Zone (REZ) was described in Richard Forman's seminal book "Road Ecology" as the area affected by roads and traffic. We developed a detailed conceptual model of the Road Effect Zone based on an extensive literature review. We then developed a simple GIS extension as a pilot of a REZ model in GIS. Finally, we developed a high-resolution REZ model for traffic noise propagation and effects analysis. This project was supported by federal funding through the University Transportation Centers.