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Expansion and Evolution of a Typical Resource-Based Mining City in Transition Using the Google Earth Engine: A Case Study of Datong, China

by 1,2, 1,2,*, 3,4, 3,4 and 1,2
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College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Watershed Science, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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Laboratory of Computational Social Science, Nankai University, Tianjin 300350, China
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Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, Tianjin 300350, China
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Academic Editors: Xinghua Li, Xiaobin Guan, Ruitao Feng and Yongtao Yu
Remote Sens. 2021, 13(20), 4045; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13204045
Received: 25 August 2021 / Revised: 29 September 2021 / Accepted: 6 October 2021 / Published: 10 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applications of Remote Sensing Imagery for Urban Areas)
China’s resource-based cities have made tremendous contributions to national and local economic growth and urban development over the last seven decades. Recently, such cities have been in transition from resource-centered development towards human-oriented urbanization to meet the requirements of long-term sustainability for the natural environment and human society. A good understanding of urban expansion and evolution as a consequence of urbanization has important implications for future urban and regional planning. Using a series of remote sensing (RS) images and geographical information system (GIS)-based spatial analyses, this research explores how a typical resource-based mining city, Datong, has expanded and evolved over the last two decades (2000–2018), with a reflection on the role of urban planning and development policies in driving the spatial transformation of Datong. The RS images were provided and processed by the Google Earth Engine (GEE) platform. Spatial cluster analysis approaches were employed to examine the spatial patterns of urban expansion. The results indicate that the area of urban construction land increased by 132.6% during the study period, mainly along with the Chengqu District, the Mining Area, and in the southeast of the Nanjiao District, where most new towns are located. Reflection on the factors that influence urban expansion shows that terrain, urban planning policies, and social economy are driving Datong’s urban development. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban expansion; GEE; spatial data analysis; urban transformation; resource-based city; Datong urban expansion; GEE; spatial data analysis; urban transformation; resource-based city; Datong
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Xue, M.; Zhang, X.; Sun, X.; Sun, T.; Yang, Y. Expansion and Evolution of a Typical Resource-Based Mining City in Transition Using the Google Earth Engine: A Case Study of Datong, China. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 4045. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13204045

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Xue M, Zhang X, Sun X, Sun T, Yang Y. Expansion and Evolution of a Typical Resource-Based Mining City in Transition Using the Google Earth Engine: A Case Study of Datong, China. Remote Sensing. 2021; 13(20):4045. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13204045

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Xue, Minghui, Xiaoxiang Zhang, Xuan Sun, Tao Sun, and Yanfei Yang. 2021. "Expansion and Evolution of a Typical Resource-Based Mining City in Transition Using the Google Earth Engine: A Case Study of Datong, China" Remote Sensing 13, no. 20: 4045. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13204045

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