GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2014, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (1): 132-142.doi: 10.11821/dlyj201401012

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Study on urbanization rate of urban-rural construction land and its influencing factors:A case study of Hubei Province

LIU Yaolin, LI Jiwei, HOU Heping, LIU Yanfang   

  1. Key Laboratory of Geographic Information System, Ministry of Education, School of Resource and EnvironmentalSciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
  • Received:2012-10-15 Revised:2013-04-05 Online:2014-01-10 Published:2014-01-10

Abstract: Excessive growth of urban construction land and inappropriate/unsustainable land use structure are two urgent issues facing the rapid urbanization in China. While most studies focus on construction land growth, little attention has been paid to understanding and adjusting urban-rural construction land structure. Against this backdrop, this paper characterizes land use structure with the urban-rural land conversion rate and identifies theoretically optimal values for individual places. Theoretical values for land conversion rate are constructed based on urbanization level and understood by a logistic urbanization model. Our empirical framework is applied to understand the urbanization of urban-rural construction land in Hubei Province, China. Results suggest that land use urbanization is positively associated with non-agriculture sector, urban population, terrain, and development hotspots. Our results provide insights for relevant land use and urbanization policies.

Key words: land urbanization, structure of urban-rural construction land, population urbanization, Logistic model, spatial autocorrelation