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Characterizing spatial patterns of urban development: a global comparative analysis

Authors: Ting Liu*, Northeastern Illinois University
Topics: Remote Sensing
Keywords: urban patterns, comparative urban studies, global scale
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual Track 2
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Characterizing the spatial patterns of urban development provides crucial information for assessing land use efficacy and the potential environmental and societal impacts of urbanization. Urban development has exhibited various forms across the world.
Advances in remote sensing technology have enabled the mapping and quantification of urbanization across multiple spatial and temporal scales. This paper discusses a systematic approach to quantifying urban development patterns for comparative urban studies across the globe. Specifically, we focus on several dimensions of urban development patterns, e.g., magnitude, density, contiguity, nuclearity, centrality, direction, type of expansion and their implications on the underlying environmental and societal dynamics. We apply this approach in a few selected cities across the world for a comparative urban analysis and compare the results.

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