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Measuring urban agglomeration using a city-scale dasymetric population map: A study in the Pearl River Delta, China

Wei, Chunzhu and Taubenböck, Hannes and Blaschke, Thomas (2017) Measuring urban agglomeration using a city-scale dasymetric population map: A study in the Pearl River Delta, China. Habitat International, 59, pp. 32-43. Elsevier. ISSN 0197-3975.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0197397516306117


The rates of urbanization and increase in urban sprawl that have occurred in China over the past thirty years have been unprecedented. This article presents a new city-scale dasymetric modelling approach that incorporates historical census data for 28 cities in the Pearl River Delta area of southern China. It combines Landsat imagery (from 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015) with a ‘limiting variable’ estimation al-gorithm to generate a gridded estimate of population density. These gridded population patches are organized as a city-network to reveal the influence of urban agglomeration on population spreading processes. We then combine population patches and graph-based connectivity metrics to describe the spatial-temporal evolution of each city within the urban agglomeration. Our population disaggregation results yield accuracy improvements of 40%e60% over three traditional population disaggregation methods, to reflect the population distribution characteristics more explicitly and in greater detail. The probability of connectivity metrics from dasymetric population maps in Pearl River Delta (1) outline the role of urban agglomeration in population spread, (2) simulate the evolution of ‘polycentric’ urban agglomeration, and (3) outline the individual components of the polycentric megaregion. Our outlined approach is a transferable and an improved means of producing city-scale dasymetric population maps. Our case study provides practical guidance on wide applications of the medium resolution remote sensing data in delineating, measuring, and quantifying the evolution of urban agglomeration across different jurisdictional boundaries and time periods.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/108618/
Document Type:Article
Title:Measuring urban agglomeration using a city-scale dasymetric population map: A study in the Pearl River Delta, China
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Wei, Chunzhuuniversität salzburgUNSPECIFIED
Taubenböck, Hanneshannes.taubenboeck (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Blaschke, Thomasdepartment of geography and geology, university of salzburg, hellbrunnerstrasse 34, salzburg, 5020, austriaUNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Habitat International
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 32-43
Keywords:Dasymetric population map City scale, Megacities, Limiting variable algorithm, Urban Agglomeration, Connectivity metrics, Pearl River Delta
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote Sensing and Geo Research
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Deposited By: Taubenböck, Dr. Hannes
Deposited On:30 Nov 2016 11:04
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:05

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