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Remote Sensing of Urban Expansion in the Beijing Metropolitan Area, China: Status and Challenges

Authors: Xiaojun Yang*, Florida State University, Ting Liu, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University
Topics: Remote Sensing, Urban Geography, Land Use and Land Cover Change
Keywords: urban expansion, remote sensing, Beijing, China, ecological sustainability
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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Over the past several decades, urban expansion has become a subject in numerous studies mostly through the use of remote sensing technology. Although many cities were targeted, Beijing as China’s capital city has probably been more frequently researched than any other global metropolises. This may be due to its unique socioeconomic dynamics since late 1970s when China initiated economic transformation, which attracted attentions from both the academic community and the society. This paper aims to examine some major advances in remote sensing-based urban expansion studies with Beijing as the focus. For this purpose, we surveyed peer-reviewed English literature and examined the progress of several issues concerning the research design and implementation. We further identified several major challenges and discussed some future research directions. We believe our study focusing on major English literature examining the urbanization pattern in Beijing through remote sensing can not only help better research design but also assist formulating effective strategies and polices to deal with major challenges towards ecological sustainability in large metropolises.

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