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Sensors 2007, 7(11), 2881-2906; doi:10.3390/S7112881

Tempo-Spatial Patterns of Land Use Changes and Urban Development in Globalizing China: A Study of Beijing

Department of Geography and Geology, Eastern Michigan University, 205 Strong Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, USA
Institute of Geographic Science & Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 11A Datun Road, Anwai, Beijing 100101, China
Department of Geography, Room 301, Hui Oi Chow Science Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Department of Geography, Hunter College – CUNY, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA
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Received: 5 November 2007 / Accepted: 19 November 2007 / Published: 20 November 2007
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors for Urban Environmental Monitoring)
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This study examines the temporal and spatial changes in land use as aconsequence of rapid urban development in the city of Beijing. Using a combination oftechniques of remote sensing and GIS, the study identifies a substantial loss of plaindryland and a phenomenal expansion of urban construction land over the recent decade.Geographically, there is a clear shifting of urban construction land from the inner city tothe outskirts as a consequence of suburbanization. The outward expansion of the ring-roadsystem is found to be one of the most important driving forces explaining the temporal andspatial pattern of land use change. The uneven distribution of population stands as anotherfactor with significant correlation with land use change. The application of the techniquesof remote sensing and GIS can enhance the precision and comparability of research onland use change and urban transformation in China.
Keywords: urban development; remote sensing; GIS; Beijing urban development; remote sensing; GIS; Beijing
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Xie, Y.; Fang, C.; Lin, G.C.; Gong, H.; Qiao, B. Tempo-Spatial Patterns of Land Use Changes and Urban Development in Globalizing China: A Study of Beijing. Sensors 2007, 7, 2881-2906.

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