Changes in Land Cover and Land Use in the Pearl River Delta, China

  • Karen C. Seto
  • Curtis E. Woodcock
  • Robert K. Kaufmann
Part of the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing book series (RDIP, volume 6)


Over the last two decades, land-use changes in China have been dominated by an urban transformation unprecedented in human history. The Chinese landscape, which for thousands of years was mainly rural, is becoming increasingly urban. Natural ecosystems, farms, rangelands, towns, and villages are being converted into, or enveloped by, extended metropolitan regions. This urban revolution has profound environmental impacts, including local and regional climate change, loss of wildlife habitat and biodiversity, stress on food production systems, and pressure on water resources. Urbanization can also lead to poor housing conditions, inadequate waste disposal, and rapid spread of infectious diseases.


Agricultural Land Urban Development Foreign Investment Pearl River Delta Urban Agriculture 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen C. Seto
    • 1
  • Curtis E. Woodcock
    • 2
  • Robert K. Kaufmann
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Environmental Science and Policy, Institute for International StudiesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geography & Center for Remote SensingBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Geography & Center for Environmental Science and PolicyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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