publication . Article . 2014

Developing the desert:the pace and process of urban growth in Dubai

Ahmed K. Nassar; G. Alan Blackburn; J. Duncan Whyatt;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 May 2014
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
It is generally acknowledged that Dubai is a rapidly developing urban area which has grown to support a large human population within a hyperarid environment. However, no publicly accessible information exists concerning the rate or form of the urbanization process in Dubai. Therefore, this investigation used a time series of remotely sensed data to quantify land cover change in Dubai emirate between 1972 and 2011. A hybrid classification method accurately discriminated urban and other land covers, despite the challenging desert environment, and landscape metrics were used to quantify the spatial evolution of the emirate. The results indicate a dramatic increase...
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free text keywords: Ecological Modelling, Geography, Planning and Development, General Environmental Science, Urban Studies, Urbanization, Population growth, Urban planning, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Urban climate, Geography, Economic geography, Cartography, Land cover, Urban sprawl, Urban area, geography.geographical_feature_category
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