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Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use Change—A Case Study of the Yangtze River Delta in China

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  • Haiyan Zhang

    () (Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan)

  • Michinori Uwasu

    () (Center of Environmental Innovation Design for Sustainability, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan)

  • Keishiro Hara

    () (Center of Environmental Innovation Design for Sustainability, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan)

  • Helmut Yabar

    () (Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Environmental Studies, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8572, Japan)

Abstract

This paper introduces a sustainability assessment method for the rapidly urbanizing Yangtze River Delta in China addressing the role of land use pattern. We first calculated the sustainability component scores of 16 cities in the area in 2000 and 2005. The results showed that socioeconomic and environmental conditions improved while the performance of resource-use degraded from 2000 to 2005. We then made a spatial analysis of land use change (LUC) using geographic information systems during 1990–2000. We found that diverse spatiotemporal transformation occurred among the cities and identified urban development cluster patterns and profiles based on development density. Finally, we examined the impact of LUC on sustainable urban development (SUD). Using regression techniques, we demonstrated that urbanization, infrastructure development, industrial structure and income significantly affected environmental performance and resource-use. These results suggest a moderate pace of LUC with steady economic growth being key to SUD.

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  • Haiyan Zhang & Michinori Uwasu & Keishiro Hara & Helmut Yabar, 2011. "Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use Change—A Case Study of the Yangtze River Delta in China," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(7), pages 1-16, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:3:y:2011:i:7:p:1074-1089:d:13264
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    1. Gene M. Grossman & Alan B. Krueger, 1995. "Economic Growth and the Environment," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 110(2), pages 353-377.
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    1. Qingling Shi & Xiangzheng Deng & Chenchen Shi & Shiyi Chen, 2015. "Exploration of the Intersectoral Relations Based on Input-Output Tables in the Inland River Basin of China," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(4), pages 1-18, April.
    2. repec:gam:jsusta:v:8:y:2016:i:3:p:270:d:66112 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. repec:gam:jsusta:v:10:y:2017:i:1:p:9-:d:123876 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Huan Li & Yehua Dennis Wei & Yuemin Ning, 2016. "Spatial and Temporal Evolution of Urban Systems in China during Rapid Urbanization," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(7), pages 1-17, July.
    5. Xuedong Liang & Weiwei Zhang & Lei Chen & Fumin Deng, 2016. "Sustainable Urban Development Capacity Measure—A Case Study in Jiangsu Province, China," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(3), pages 1-13, March.
    6. Jinlong Gao & Yehua Dennis Wei & Wen Chen & Komali Yenneti, 2015. "Urban Land Expansion and Structural Change in the Yangtze River Delta, China," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(8), pages 1-27, July.
    7. repec:gam:jsusta:v:9:y:2017:i:6:p:894-:d:99648 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    China; sustainable urban development; land use change;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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