Are We in Boswash Yet? A Multi-Source Geodata Approach to Spatially Delimit Urban Corridors
AbstractThe delimitation of urban space is conceptually elusive and fuzzy. Commonly, urban areas are delimited through administrative boundaries. These artificial, fixed boundaries, however, do not necessarily represent the actual built-up extent, the urban catchment, or the economic linkage within and across neighboring metropolitan regions. For an approach to spatially delimit an urban corridor—a generically defined concept of a massive urban area—we use the Boston to Washington (Boswash) region as an example. This area has been consistently conceptualized in literature as bounded urban space. We develop a method to spatially delimit the urban corridor using multi-source geodata (built-up extent, infrastructure and socioeconomic data) which are based on a grid rather than on administrative units. Threshold approaches for the input data serve to construct Boswash as varying connected territorial spaces, allowing us to investigate the variability of possible spatial forms of the area, i.e., to overcome the simple dichotomous classification in favor of a probability-based differentiation. Our transparent multi-layer approach, validated through income data, can easily be modified by using different input datasets while maintaining the underlying idea that the likelihood of an area being part of an urban corridor is flexible, i.e., in our case a factor of how many input layers return positive results. View Full-Text
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Georg, I.; Blaschke, T.; Taubenböck, H. Are We in Boswash Yet? A Multi-Source Geodata Approach to Spatially Delimit Urban Corridors. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 15.
Georg I, Blaschke T, Taubenböck H. Are We in Boswash Yet? A Multi-Source Geodata Approach to Spatially Delimit Urban Corridors. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2018; 7(1):15.Chicago/Turabian Style
Georg, Isabel; Blaschke, Thomas; Taubenböck, Hannes. 2018. "Are We in Boswash Yet? A Multi-Source Geodata Approach to Spatially Delimit Urban Corridors." ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 7, no. 1: 15.
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