Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2007, Vol. 17 ›› Issue (4): 500-510.doi: 10.1007/s11442-007-0500-4

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Spatial-temporal changes of Tianjin urban spatial morphology from 1978 to 2004

CAI Bofeng, ZHANG Zengxiang, LIU Bin, ZHOU Quanbin   

  1. Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2006-12-05 Revised:2007-06-10 Online:2007-12-25 Published:2007-12-25
  • Supported by:

    National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program), No.2002CB412507


Taken fractal dimension, compact ratio, urban centroid and urban principal axis as the urban spatial characteristic indices, Tianjin city’s urban area is investigated in the last 26 years in a quantitative perspective, and its traits and changes during different periods are also analyzed. It is clear that these indices can not only scientifically and explicitly assess the urban morphology, urban direction and its changes and trends, but also uncover long-term effects of economy and urban planning on urban morphology.

Key words: urban spatial morphology, fractal dimension, compact ratio, urban centroid, urban principal axis, Tianjin