Urban growth and expansion -- Forms and models of urban growth -- Sustainable urban development -- Sprawl vs. Compact developments -- Urban from and pattern evaluation -- Land use change trend analysis using GIS -- Driving factors of urban expansion -- Spatial land use change modeling and prediction -- Validation of urban modeling approaches -- Compact land use form modeling -- Application of GIS and RS in urban growth analysis and modelling: case studies.
This book discusses the application of Geospatial data, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies in analysis and modeling of urban growth process, and its pattern, with special focus on sprawl and compact form of urban development. The book explains these two kinds of urban forms (sprawl and compact urban development) in detail regarding their advantages, disadvantages, indicators, assessment, modeling, implementation and their relationship with urban sustainability. It confirms that the proposed modeling approaches, geospatial data and GIS are very practical for identifying urban growth, land use change patterns and their general trends in future. The analyses and modeling approaches presented in this book can be employed to guide the identification and measurements of the changes and growth likely to happen in urban areas. In addition, this book can be helpful for town planning and development in order to design urban areas in a compact form and eventually sustainable manner..