Next Article in Journal
Participation, for Whom? The Potential of Gamified Participatory Artefacts in Uncovering Power Relations within Urban Renewal Projects
Previous Article in Journal
How Much Do We Learn from Addresses? On the Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Addressing Systems
Previous Article in Special Issue
Site Selection of Digital Signage in Beijing: A Combination of Machine Learning and an Empirical Approach
Open AccessArticle

Using Local Toponyms to Reconstruct the Historical River Networks in Hubei Province, China

by Aini Zhong 1,2, Yukun Wu 2, Ke Nie 1,3 and Mengjun Kang 1,2,*
1
Key Laboratory of Urban Land Resources Monitoring and Simulation, Ministry of Natural Resources, Shenzhen 518034, China
2
School of Resource and Environment Science, Wuhan University, No.129 Luoyu Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan 430079, China
3
Shenzhen Research Center of Digital City Engineering, Shenzhen 518034, China
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(5), 318; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9050318
Received: 25 March 2020 / Revised: 21 April 2020 / Accepted: 4 May 2020 / Published: 12 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geovisualization and Social Media)
As an important data source for historical geography research, toponyms reflect the human activities and natural landscapes within a certain area and time period. In this paper, a novel quantitative method of reconstructing historical river networks using toponyms with the characteristics of water and direction is proposed. It is suitable for the study area which possesses rich water resources. To reconstruct the historical shape of the river network, (1) water-related toponyms and direction-related toponyms are extracted as two datasets based on the key words in each village toponym; (2) the feasibility of the river network reconstruction based on these toponyms is validated via a quantitative analysis, according to the spatial distributions of toponyms and rivers; (3) the reconstructed historical shape of the river network can be obtained via qualitative knowledge and geometrical analysis; and (4) the reconstructed rivers are visualized to display their general historical trends and shapes. The results of this paper demonstrate the global correlation and local differences between the toponyms and the river network. The historical river dynamics are revealed and can be proven by ancient maps and local chronicles. The proposed method provides a novel way to reconstruct historical river network shapes using toponym datasets. View Full-Text
Keywords: toponym quantitative analysis; historical landscape reconstruction; geographical weighted regression; Thiessen polygon; spatial cluster toponym quantitative analysis; historical landscape reconstruction; geographical weighted regression; Thiessen polygon; spatial cluster
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Zhong, A.; Wu, Y.; Nie, K.; Kang, M. Using Local Toponyms to Reconstruct the Historical River Networks in Hubei Province, China. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 318.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop