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Comparative Analysis on Land Use Distributions and Their Changes in Asian Mega Cities

  • Akio Yamashita

Abstract

Distribution of land use and its chronological changes are the mirrors that directly reflect the present situation and changes in the natural and socioeconomic environments in the region concerned, and they serve as indexes to measure the effects of people’s activities on the ground. As such, analysis of land use is the basis for academic fields that approach the relationship between human activities and nature from a spatial perspective, such as geography. The purpose of this study is to establish the versatile method to create land use mesh data from topographic maps including old-edition maps of various countries, and to comparatively analyze spatial characteristics of land use distribution in respective cities in respective periods, and their chronological changes. As a result, I was able to analyze and interpret the land use distribution patterns and changes in the past century in seven cities in Asia. The method of this study is considered to be versatile for preparing the same standard land use maps, targeting a relatively wide range, such as metropolitan areas, and using overseas maps and old-edition maps.

Keywords

Urban Area Agricultural Land City Center Land Subsidence Reduction Scale 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

This research was financially supported by the project “Human Impacts on Urban Subsurface Environment” (Project Leader: Makoto Taniguchi), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN). I express my gratitude to Prof. Akihisa Yoshikoshi and other members of this project for their cooperation to collect base maps, and to Dr. Chun-Lin Kuo (National Dong Hua Univ., Taiwan), Yayumi Abe (EnVision Conservation Office), Kiyoshi Takaoku (Sancoh Corporation) and students of Rakuno Gakuen University for their works to create land use mesh data.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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