Interpreting the pattern of LUCC and its relationships with a variety of socio-economic driving factors draws a lot of attention in the past decades, many of which focus on the urbanization of China since 1978 with GIS and remote sensing technologies. Shanghai, as one of the biggest and the most important cities in China, has been a miniature of the nation’s economy development and the urbanization process. However, the rapid urbanization along with massive population growth, not only change the urban landscape dramatically but also brings significant impacts on the environment. More and more farmlands are transformed into industrial and residential lands due to the growing demand. Urban heat island phenomenon and severe pollutions (air, soil, water, etc.) emerge as typical ecological consequences of rapid urban expansion. Those ecological costs are not gaining enough attention until they become the constraints of the development of the city.
My research interests lie in the LUCC, spatial data analysis and the human-environmental interactions. My dissertation will focus on: 1) the investigation of the dynamic of land use in Shanghai from 1980s to 2010s; 2) combining the socio-economic data to understand the causes of the rapid change of land use; 3) the simulation of LUCC under different-policy scenarios with CLUE-s model and Agent-based mode; 4) revealing the ecological impacts of the LUCC on the urban thermal environment and heat-related health issue. The expected results of my dissertation will provide thorough analysis of the urbanization process in Shanghai and help the decision-makers to better plan the city’s future towards the sustainability.