Revealing the Linkage Network Dynamic Structures of Chinese Maritime Ports through Automatic Information System Data
AbstractMarine economic cooperation has emerged as a major theme in this era of globalization; hence, maritime network connectivity and dynamics have attracted more and more attention. Port construction and maritime route improvements increase maritime trade and thus facilitate economic viability and resource sustainability. This paper reveals the regional dimension of inter-port linkage dynamic structure of Chinese maritime ports from a complex multilayer perspective that is meaningful for strategic forecasting and regional long-term economic development planning. In this research, Automatic Information System (AIS)-derived traffic flows were used to construct a maritime network and subnetworks based on the geographical locations of ports. The linkage intensity between subnetworks, the linkage tightness within subnetworks, the spatial isolation between high-intensity backbones and tight skeleton networks, and a linkage concentration index for each port were calculated. The ports, in turn, were analyzed based on these network attributes. This study analyzed the external competitiveness and internal cohesion of each subnetwork. The results revealed problems in port management and planning, such as unclear divisions in port operations. More critically, weak complementary relationships between the backbone and skeleton networks among the ports reduce connectivity and must be strengthened. This research contributes to the body of work supporting strategic decision-making for future development. View Full-Text
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Yu, H.; Fang, Z.; Peng, G.; Feng, M. Revealing the Linkage Network Dynamic Structures of Chinese Maritime Ports through Automatic Information System Data. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1913.
Yu H, Fang Z, Peng G, Feng M. Revealing the Linkage Network Dynamic Structures of Chinese Maritime Ports through Automatic Information System Data. Sustainability. 2017; 9(10):1913.Chicago/Turabian Style
Yu, Hongchu; Fang, Zhixiang; Peng, Guojun; Feng, Mingxiang. 2017. "Revealing the Linkage Network Dynamic Structures of Chinese Maritime Ports through Automatic Information System Data." Sustainability 9, no. 10: 1913.
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