Mapping agricultural land use change in Kyoto City (Japan) from 2007 to 2016

Authors: Kimisato Oda*, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Christoph Rupprecht, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Cultural Geography, Geography and Urban Health
Keywords: Cultural Ecology, Agricultural Geography, Urban Ecology
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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The sustainability of agrifood systems in Asia is threatened by the decline of small-scale farming due to globalizing market forces. Agricultural land in urban and peri-urban areas is important not only as a supply source of agricultural products but also as green open space, disaster evacuation space, and other ecosystem services such as rainwater storage and water circulation. GIS-based mapping is effective for grasping the extent of agricultural land use changes, but even government or administration-developed databases fall short of providing a full picture. In this research, we combined existing datasets with satellite imagery from Google Earth, ground-based photography from Google street view and on-site surveys to map changes in urban farmland in the basin of Kyoto City from 2007 to 2016 using QGIS. We discuss observed patterns of decline as well as methodological challenges and directions for future research.

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