Comparison of Changes in Urban Land Use/Cover and Efficiency of Megaregions in China from 1980 to 2015
AbstractUrban land use/cover and efficiency are important indicators of the degree of urbanization. However, research about comparing their changes at the megaregion level is relatively rare. In this study, we depicted the differences and inequalities of urban land and efficiency among megaregions in China using China’s Land Use/cover Dataset (CLUD) and China’s Urban Land Use/cover Dataset (CLUD-Urban). Furthermore, we analyzed regional inequality using the Theil index. The results indicated that the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Great Bay Area had the highest proportion of urban land (8.03%), while the Chengdu-Chongqing Megaregion had the highest proportion of developed land (64.70%). The proportion of urban impervious surface area was highest in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Great Bay Area (75.16%) and lowest in the Chengdu-Chongqing Megaregion (67.19%). Furthermore, the highest urban expansion occurred in the Yangtze River Delta (260.52 km2/a), and the fastest period was 2000–2010 (298.19 km2/a). The decreasing Theil index values for the urban population and economic density were 0.305 and 1.748, respectively, in 1980–2015. This study depicted the development trajectory of different megaregions, and will expect to provide a valuable insight and new knowledge on reasonable urban growth modes and sustainable goals in urban planning and management. View Full-Text
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Zhang, S.; Fang, C.; Kuang, W.; Sun, F. Comparison of Changes in Urban Land Use/Cover and Efficiency of Megaregions in China from 1980 to 2015. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 1834.
Zhang S, Fang C, Kuang W, Sun F. Comparison of Changes in Urban Land Use/Cover and Efficiency of Megaregions in China from 1980 to 2015. Remote Sensing. 2019; 11(15):1834.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhang, Shu; Fang, Chuanglin; Kuang, Wenhui; Sun, Fengyun. 2019. "Comparison of Changes in Urban Land Use/Cover and Efficiency of Megaregions in China from 1980 to 2015." Remote Sens. 11, no. 15: 1834.
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