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Sensors 2008, 8(10), 6371-6395; doi:10.3390/s8106371

Mining the Urban Sprawl Pattern: A Case Study on Sunan, China

Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, PO Box 210008, P.R. China
School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, PO Box 100084, P.R. China
College of Geography & Marine, Nanjing University, Nanjing, PO Box 2100913, P.R. China
College of Urban and Environmental Science, Xuzhou Normal University, Xuzhou, PO Box 221009, P.R. China
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Received: 13 August 2008 / Revised: 9 October 2008 / Accepted: 10 October 2008 / Published: 14 October 2008
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
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China’s urbanization is going into a fast development stage. This paper focuses on the recent evolution of an urbanized area – Sunan, the southern part of Jiangsu province in the Yangtze River Delta in China – by means of complementary approaches, especially different fractal and autocorrelation measures. The research shows that Sunan’s urban clusters are becoming more and more homogenous and compact and are growing up along the important transportation axes. The enriching discussion of the findings establishes the links between the morphology of urban sprawl and recent socio-economic changes in China. View Full-Text
Keywords: Urban sprawl pattern; Spatial autocorrelation; Fractal dimension; Sunan; China Urban sprawl pattern; Spatial autocorrelation; Fractal dimension; Sunan; China

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Ma, R.; Gu, C.; Pu, Y.; Ma, X. Mining the Urban Sprawl Pattern: A Case Study on Sunan, China. Sensors 2008, 8, 6371-6395.

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