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Atlas of Remote Sensing Findings about China’s Urban Sprawl Monitoring comes out
 
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In October 2014, An Atlas of Remote Sensing Findings about China’s Urban Sprawl Monitoring came out. Compiled by RADI Researcher ZHANG Zengxiang and his team, the newly-published Atlas represents the latest progress RADI has made in the remote sensing study of China’s urban sprawl.

RADI has long monitored and studied China’s land use with the help of remote sensing technology. To get the temporal and spatial features of China’s land use, Prof. Zhang’s team has put the focus on the urban sprawl study, by systematically monitoring and analyzing a total of 60 Chinese cities’ sprawl process and land use from the 1970s to 2013. The Atlas is based on RADI’s original research findings.

It consists of two parts. The first part is about “Remote Sensing Monitoring of China’s Urban Sprawl and its Temporal and Spatial Features”. In this part, in addition to systematically introducing the remote sensing technology used in city sprawl monitoring, the authors also sum up the overall features China’s cities embody in the sprawl process, compare the cities of different types, sizes and regions to get their temporal and spatial differences in the sprawl process, and analyze the influence urban sprawl exerts on how a region use their land, especially cultivated land.

The second part is about “China’s Urban Sprawl from the Period 1970s-2013”. In this part, a combination of maps, charts and remote sensing images is employed to exhibit how a total of 60 Chinese cities including municipalities directly under the central government, provincial capitals, and some representatives of other types each sprawled from the 1970s to 2013 in terms of land use scale, sprawling rate, spatial form, and land source.

Some previous publications in this regard include Remote Sensing Monitoring of China’s Urban Sprawl in 2006, Remote Sensing Monitoring of China’s Land Cover in 2010, Remote Sensing Monitoring of China’s Land Use in 2013 and An Atlas of Remote Sensing Findings about China’s Land Use Monitoring also in 2013.

 

LeftSprawling Areas and Land Sources by Cities from the 1970s to 2013.

Right: Beijing’s Urban Sprawl between 1973 and 2013.

 

 

Left: Average Annual Sprawling Areas of China’s Municipalities Directly under the Central Government.

Right: Average Annual Sprawling Areas of China’s Provincial Capital Cities.

 

 

 

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