Evaluating urban land carrying capacity based on the ecological sensitivity analysis: a case study in Hangzhou, China

Jinyeu Tsou, Yanfei Gao, Yuanzhi Zhang, Genyun Sun, Jinchang Ren, Yu Li

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In this study, we present the evaluation of urban land carrying capacity (ULCC) based on an ecological sensitivity analysis. Remote sensing data and geographic information system (GIS) technology are employed to analyze topographic conditions, land-use types, the intensity of urban development, and ecological environmental sensitivity to create reasonable evaluation indicators to analyze urban land carrying capacity based on ecological sensitivity in the rapidly developing megacity of Hangzhou, China. In the study, ecological sensitivity is grouped into four levels: non-sensitive, lightly sensitive, moderately sensitive, and highly sensitive. The results show that the ecological sensitivity increases progressively from the center to the periphery. The results also show that ULCC is determined by ecologically sensitive levels and that the ULCC is categorized into four levels. Even though it is limited by the four levels, the ULCC still has a large margin if compared with the current population numbers. The study suggests that the urban ecological environment will continue to sustain the current population size in the short-term future. However, it is necessary to focus on the protection of distinctive natural landscapes so that decision makers can adjust measures for ecological conditions to carry out the sustainable development of populations, natural resources, and the environment in megacities like Hangzhou, China.
LanguageEnglish
Article number529
Number of pages16
JournalRemote Sensing
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 May 2017

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Natural resources
Land use
Geographic information systems
Sensitivity analysis
sensitivity analysis
Sustainable development
Remote sensing
megacity
urban development
population size
sustainable development
natural resource
land carrying capacity
remote sensing
land use
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Keywords

  • urban areas
  • ecological sensitivity
  • urban land carrying capacity
  • remote sensing data
  • geographic information system

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Tsou, Jinyeu ; Gao, Yanfei ; Zhang, Yuanzhi ; Sun, Genyun ; Ren, Jinchang ; Li, Yu. / Evaluating urban land carrying capacity based on the ecological sensitivity analysis : a case study in Hangzhou, China. In: Remote Sensing. 2017 ; Vol. 9, No. 6.
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Evaluating urban land carrying capacity based on the ecological sensitivity analysis : a case study in Hangzhou, China. / Tsou, Jinyeu; Gao, Yanfei; Zhang, Yuanzhi; Sun, Genyun; Ren, Jinchang; Li, Yu.

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