Green Spaces as an Indicator of Urban Health: Evaluating Its Changes in 28 Mega-Cities
AbstractUrban green spaces can yield considerable health benefits to urban residents. Assessing these health benefits is a key step for managing urban green spaces for human health and wellbeing in cities. In this study, we assessed the change of health benefits generated by urban green spaces in 28 megacities worldwide between 2005 and 2015 by using availability and accessibility as proxy indicators. We first mapped land covers of 28 megacities using 10,823 scenes of Landsat images and a random forest classifier running on Google Earth Engine. We then calculated the availability and accessibility of urban green spaces using the land cover maps and gridded population data. The results showed that the mean availability of urban green spaces in these megacities increased from 27.63% in 2005 to 31.74% in 2015. The mean accessibility of urban green spaces increased from 65.76% in 2005 to 72.86% in 2015. The increased availability and accessibility of urban green spaces in megacities have brought more health benefits to their residents. View Full-Text
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Huang, C.; Yang, J.; Lu, H.; Huang, H.; Yu, L. Green Spaces as an Indicator of Urban Health: Evaluating Its Changes in 28 Mega-Cities. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 1266.
Huang C, Yang J, Lu H, Huang H, Yu L. Green Spaces as an Indicator of Urban Health: Evaluating Its Changes in 28 Mega-Cities. Remote Sensing. 2017; 9(12):1266.Chicago/Turabian Style
Huang, Conghong; Yang, Jun; Lu, Hui; Huang, Huabing; Yu, Le. 2017. "Green Spaces as an Indicator of Urban Health: Evaluating Its Changes in 28 Mega-Cities." Remote Sens. 9, no. 12: 1266.
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