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Analyzing Mega City-Regions through Integrating Urbanization and Eco-Environment Systems: A Case Study of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region

Department of Urban Planning, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(1), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16010114
Received: 11 December 2018 / Revised: 25 December 2018 / Accepted: 26 December 2018 / Published: 3 January 2019
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Abstract

The high-speed economic growth of mega city-regions in China has been characterized by rapid urbanization accompanied by a series of environmental issues ranging from widespread soil contamination to groundwater depletion. This article begins with an analysis of the interaction between urbanization and the ecological system and reviews existing frameworks for analyzing urban and ecological systems. By taking the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region as an example, the article introduces a conceptual framework to analyze mega city-regions and forecast possible interactions between urbanization and eco-environment by applying simulation model. The proposed framework and its components can provide guidance to identify the impacts of urbanization and external forces such as globalization on eco-environment by integrating the internal and external factors, synthesize the complex components of mega city-regions in databases, understand and diagnose the casual relationship between urban policies and ecological consequences. View Full-Text
Keywords: mega city-region; urbanization; eco-environment; system dynamic model; land contamination mega city-region; urbanization; eco-environment; system dynamic model; land contamination
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Tian, L.; Xu, G.; Fan, C.; Zhang, Y.; Gu, C.; Zhang, Y. Analyzing Mega City-Regions through Integrating Urbanization and Eco-Environment Systems: A Case Study of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 114.

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