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Remote Sens. 2017, 9(5), 416;

The Dynamic Analysis between Urban Nighttime Economy and Urbanization Using the DMSP/OLS Nighttime Light Data in China from 1992 to 2012

State Key Laboratory for Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
Collaborative Innovation Center of Geospatial Technology, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
Center for Urban and Environmental Change, Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809, USA
School of Electronics Information and Communications, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074, China
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Academic Editors: Bailang Yu and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 27 March 2017 / Revised: 17 April 2017 / Accepted: 22 April 2017 / Published: 28 April 2017
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Along with rapid urbanization, nighttime activities from places, such as restaurants, pubs and bars, and theatres, have created enormous economic and social benefits. The nighttime economy (NTE), as a newly developed social phenomenon, has been used to describe economic activities at night. However, few studies have investigated urban nighttime economy and its relation to urbanization from nighttime light (NTL) data perspective. To fill this gap, this study proposed a nighttime light economy index (NLEI). The correlation analysis was performed between the NLEI and economic indicators at both the city and provincial levels in China from 1992 to 2012 using the DMSP/OLS (Defense Meteorological Satellite Program/Operational Linescan System) time series data. Results revealed that correlations between the NLEI and all kinds of economic indicators were statistically significant. It was observed that both the urbanization and nighttime economy levels increased greatly from 1992 to 2012 in China. Cities and provinces in east China displayed relatively higher annual growth rates of NLEI compared to those in southwest and northwest China. Based on the quadrant map of urbanization and nighttime economy levels, most of the provincial capitals and provinces in east China were in the advanced coordination pattern while those in west China in the low-level coordination pattern. View Full-Text
Keywords: nighttime economy; urbanization; DMSP/OLS; NLEI nighttime economy; urbanization; DMSP/OLS; NLEI

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Fu, H.; Shao, Z.; Fu, P.; Cheng, Q. The Dynamic Analysis between Urban Nighttime Economy and Urbanization Using the DMSP/OLS Nighttime Light Data in China from 1992 to 2012. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 416.

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