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A century of the evolution of the urban area in Shenyang, China.

Liu M, Xu Y, Hu Y, Li C, Sun F, Chen T - PLoS ONE (2014)

Bottom Line: The results showed that the urban area of Shenyang increased 43.39-fold during the study period and that the growth rate has accelerated since the 1980s.The results of landscape metrics indicate that the urban landscape of Shenyang originally was highly aggregated, but has become increasingly fragmented.Over a long time scale, the urbanization process has been affected by major historical events.

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Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Forest and Soil Ecology, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, China.

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Analyzing spatiotemporal characteristics of the historical urbanization process is essential in understanding the dynamics of urbanization and scientifically planned urban development. Based on historical urban area maps and remote sensing images, this study examined the urban expansion of Shenyang from 1910 to 2010 using area statistics, typology identification, and landscape metrics approaches. The population and gross domestic product were analyzed as driving factors. The results showed that the urban area of Shenyang increased 43.39-fold during the study period and that the growth rate has accelerated since the 1980s. Three urban growth types were distinguished: infilling, edge-expansion, and spontaneous growth. Edge-expansion was the primary growth type. Infilling growth became the main growth type in the periods 1946-70, 1988-97, and 2004-10. Spontaneous growth was concentrated in the period of 1997 to 2000. The results of landscape metrics indicate that the urban landscape of Shenyang originally was highly aggregated, but has become increasingly fragmented. The urban fringe area was the traditional hot zone of urbanization. Shenyang was mainly located north of the Hun River before 1980; however, the south side of the river has been the hot zone of urbanization since the 1980s. The increase of urban area strongly correlated with the growth of GDP and population. Over a long time scale, the urbanization process has been affected by major historical events.

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Mentions: Over the last century (1910–2010), the urban area of Shenyang has shown a continuous increase (Fig.4). The urbanized area was 15.07 km2 in 1910 and 653.91 km2 in 2010—a 43.39-fold increase. The mean annual growth rate of urban area was 1.61 km2/year from 1910 to 1980, 7.29 km2/year from 1980 to 1997, and 17.54 km2/year from 1997 to 2010. The urban area growth rate and urban population has significantly increased since the 1980s, which indicates that the urbanization process of Shenyang has been accelerating.


A century of the evolution of the urban area in Shenyang, China.

Liu M, Xu Y, Hu Y, Li C, Sun F, Chen T - PLoS ONE (2014)

Urban area change of Shenyang from 1910 to 2010.
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pone-0098847-g004: Urban area change of Shenyang from 1910 to 2010.
Mentions: Over the last century (1910–2010), the urban area of Shenyang has shown a continuous increase (Fig.4). The urbanized area was 15.07 km2 in 1910 and 653.91 km2 in 2010—a 43.39-fold increase. The mean annual growth rate of urban area was 1.61 km2/year from 1910 to 1980, 7.29 km2/year from 1980 to 1997, and 17.54 km2/year from 1997 to 2010. The urban area growth rate and urban population has significantly increased since the 1980s, which indicates that the urbanization process of Shenyang has been accelerating.

Bottom Line: The results showed that the urban area of Shenyang increased 43.39-fold during the study period and that the growth rate has accelerated since the 1980s.The results of landscape metrics indicate that the urban landscape of Shenyang originally was highly aggregated, but has become increasingly fragmented.Over a long time scale, the urbanization process has been affected by major historical events.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Forest and Soil Ecology, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, China.

ABSTRACT
Analyzing spatiotemporal characteristics of the historical urbanization process is essential in understanding the dynamics of urbanization and scientifically planned urban development. Based on historical urban area maps and remote sensing images, this study examined the urban expansion of Shenyang from 1910 to 2010 using area statistics, typology identification, and landscape metrics approaches. The population and gross domestic product were analyzed as driving factors. The results showed that the urban area of Shenyang increased 43.39-fold during the study period and that the growth rate has accelerated since the 1980s. Three urban growth types were distinguished: infilling, edge-expansion, and spontaneous growth. Edge-expansion was the primary growth type. Infilling growth became the main growth type in the periods 1946-70, 1988-97, and 2004-10. Spontaneous growth was concentrated in the period of 1997 to 2000. The results of landscape metrics indicate that the urban landscape of Shenyang originally was highly aggregated, but has become increasingly fragmented. The urban fringe area was the traditional hot zone of urbanization. Shenyang was mainly located north of the Hun River before 1980; however, the south side of the river has been the hot zone of urbanization since the 1980s. The increase of urban area strongly correlated with the growth of GDP and population. Over a long time scale, the urbanization process has been affected by major historical events.

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