Monitoring and modeling the urban growth of two mid-sized Chilean cities

Henriquez, C; Azocar G; Romero, H.

Abstract

Chile's economic development model changed drastically in 1973. Public policy liberalization ended and the market became the principal entity for regulating growth, including urban growth. The implementation of this new model resulted in unprecedented urban growth, markedly impacting the landscape. In mid-sized cities, this spatial growth has been especially significant. Two examples of such mid-sized cities are Chillán and Los Ángeles, located in the Biobío Region, in the so-called Central Valley. This research analyzed the land use/cover change in Chillán and Los Ángeles from 1978 to 1998, identified the patterns of urban growth and the fragmentation of the urban space, applying GIS and remote sensing tools. The main driving forces of the urban changes were analyzed and the model to predict the land use/cover changes was applied. Our results show the importance of monitoring and modeling rapid urban growth for attaining sustainable mid-sized cities in developing countries that are strongly dependent on export of natural resources. Monitoring and modeling could also help to avoid a repetition of the errors that produced the unsustainable growth characteristic of large Latin American cities. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Título según WOS: Monitoring and modeling the urban growth of two mid-sized Chilean cities
Título según SCOPUS: Monitoring and modeling the urban growth of two mid-sized Chilean cities
Título de la Revista: HABITAT INTERNATIONAL
Volumen: 30
Número: 4
Editorial: Elsevier
Fecha de publicación: 2006
Página de inicio: 945
Página final: 964
Idioma: English
URL: http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0197397505000378
DOI:

10.1016/j.habitatint.2005.05.002

Notas: ISI, SCOPUS