Choice of geostatistics for multitemporal landscape change

Discussion created by meekdav85 on Apr 8, 2013
I'm conducting an analysis of land cover change using landscape metric, where land cover type is classified into 4 main categories - patch, edge, perforated,and core - based on a specified edge width. I have multitemporal imagery (1986, 1992, 2000) in which I'm analyzing these landscape metrics for a community which is a part of a larger municipality. My question is if anyone knows of statistics for comparing a part to a whole (particularly in the context of landscape ecology), i.e. is landscape fragmentation in a community different than the larger municipality of which it is a part, and also statistics for comparing change over time between those two spatial units.