Sun X, Liu Y, Sun T, Yu S, Li C, Zhai L. Land Cover Changes and Urban Expansion in Chongqing, China: A Study Based on Remote Sensing Images. Environment and Urbanization ASIA. March 2021. DOI: 10.1177/0975425321998035


China has experienced an unprecedented rate of urbanization in recent decades. As a city with strong political and economic influences in the southwest of China, Chongqing is a typical example of rapid urban development in this period of time.

To study the land cover changes and urban expansion of Chongqing, Landsat images from 1999 to 2018 were selected, processed, and quantitatively analysed.

The results showed that the built-up area of the city had increased tremendously during these years, yet vegetation still accounted for the vast majority of the city’s land area. Restricted by the local topography including mountains and hills and infrastructure constructions, the urbanization process that occurred in central Chongqing actually showed a dominant expansion direction, an obvious spatial clustering tendency, and significant spatio-temporal differences among various regions.