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Diffusive Resettlement: Irreversible Urban Transitions in Closed Systems

Centre for Complex Systems, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Entropy 2021, 23(1), 66; https://doi.org/10.3390/e23010066
Received: 1 December 2020 / Revised: 27 December 2020 / Accepted: 30 December 2020 / Published: 2 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entropy and Social Physics)
We propose a non-equilibrium framework for modelling the evolution of cities, which describes intra-urban migration as an irreversible diffusive process. We validate this framework using the actual migration data for the Australian capital cities. With respect to the residential relocation, the population is shown to be composed of two distinct groups, exhibiting different relocation frequencies. In the context of the developed framework, these groups can be interpreted as two components of a binary fluid mixture, each with its own diffusive relaxation time. Using this approach, we obtain long-term predictions of the cities’ spatial structures, which define their equilibrium population distribution. View Full-Text
Keywords: human migration; intra-urban relocation; urban modelling; diffusion; relaxation; irreversible thermodynamics; equilibrium human migration; intra-urban relocation; urban modelling; diffusion; relaxation; irreversible thermodynamics; equilibrium
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Slavko, B.; Prokopenko, M.; Glavatskiy, K.S. Diffusive Resettlement: Irreversible Urban Transitions in Closed Systems. Entropy 2021, 23, 66. https://doi.org/10.3390/e23010066

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Slavko B, Prokopenko M, Glavatskiy KS. Diffusive Resettlement: Irreversible Urban Transitions in Closed Systems. Entropy. 2021; 23(1):66. https://doi.org/10.3390/e23010066

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Slavko, Bohdan, Mikhail Prokopenko, and Kirill S. Glavatskiy 2021. "Diffusive Resettlement: Irreversible Urban Transitions in Closed Systems" Entropy 23, no. 1: 66. https://doi.org/10.3390/e23010066

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