Exploring Drivers of Urban Expansion
Spatial patterns in urban land development are linked with the level and type of economic activity. Here, we develop a statistical model to explore the relationship between the spatially explicit population density and the type of land use in a region. The relationship between the type of land use (urban/non-urban) and the level of economic activity is modeled at the scale of a single cell on the geographical map. Thus, the statistical model should be tested against large samples of data points on the high-resolution maps. The challenge here is that the original socio-economic data is given at a coarser resolution than the land use (200\(\,\times \,\)200 m cells) We present results of our spatial modeling exercise for the case study of the Seville Province, Spain.
KeywordsLand use model Urban sprawl Multiple regression
The authors would like to acknowledge DG research for funding through the FP7-funded COMPLEX project #308601, http://www.complex.ac.uk.
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