Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2015, Vol. 70 ›› Issue (2): 319-332.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201502012

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Research on the spatial differentiation of coastal land development surrounding South China Sea

Junjue ZHANG1,2(), Fenzhen SU1,3(), Xiuling ZUO1,2, Yue FANG2,4, Juan YANG5   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    3. Collaborative Innovation Center for the South China Sea Studies, Nanjing 210023, China
    4. Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS, Urumqi 830011, China
    5. Faculty of Information Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
  • Received:2014-03-18 Revised:2014-12-03 Online:2015-02-20 Published:2015-02-20
  • Supported by:
    National High Technology Research And Development Program (863 Program), No.2012AA12A406;National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41271409


Based on impervious surface extraction technology, segmental and zonal partition method and inequality index, this paper presented the development and utilization information in coastal zones surrounding the South China Sea in 2010, and analyzed the spatial differentiation along the coastal and zonal features from coast to inland areas. Then, it discussed the relationships between coastal zone development and coastal geomorphology, geographical location and natural conditions. Results suggested that: first, the development and utilization in this region differed greatly; development intensity in Singapore and China was much higher, while development intensity in Cambodia and Indonesia was relatively low. Second, coastal land development surrounding the South China Sea presented a spatial aggregation, and formed high-gathering areas centered on the Pearl River Delta of China, Thailand Chao Phraya River Delta, Singapore, the Straits of Malacca, Brunei, and the Manila Bay of Philippines. Third, the development intensity of coastal land showed zonal differences due to the coastal location and coastal geomorphology differences; areas close to the coast showed higher development intensity than areas far away from the coast, and coast in the estuary showed higher development intensity than other coasts.

Key words: South China Sea, coastal zone, development intensity