Urban Dynamics, Fractals and Generalized Entropy

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Abstract

We explore the relation between the local fractal dimension and the development of the built-up area of the Northern Margin of the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (NMAL), for the period between 1960 and 2004. To this end we make use of a Generalized Local Spatial Entropy (GLSE) function based on which urban areas can be classified into five different types. Our analysis of NMAL shows how some of the growth dynamics encountered can be linked to the plethora of social, economic and political changes that have taken place in NMAL (and Portugal), during the last 40 years, allowing for the establishment of urban planning measures to either inhibit or promote sprawl in urban areas.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)2679-2697
JournalEntropy, Special Issue Entropy and Urban Sprawl
Volume15
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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