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Ademola K. Braimoh and Paul L. G. Vlek

on the type, descriptive models help to answer the following important questions ( Lambin, 1997 ). What biophysical and socioeconomic variables explain land-cover changes? At what rate does land-cover change take place? Where are the locations (likely to be) affected by change? Several descriptive modeling techniques have been used to study urbanization. One such technique is the cellular automata approach (e.g., Clarke and Gaydos, 1998 ). Cellular automata are modeling techniques in which the

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