Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2017, Vol. 72 ›› Issue (5): 850-862.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201705007

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Spatio-temporal effects of urban rail transit on complex land-use change

Zhangzhi TAN1(), Shaoyin LI2(), Xia LI1, Xiaoping LIU1, Yimin CHEN1, Weixian LI2   

  1. 1. School of Geography and Planning of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China2. School of Geographical Science, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China
  • Received:2016-07-19 Revised:2017-01-09 Online:2017-05-20 Published:2017-05-20
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41401432;Youth Innovation Talent Project of Education Department of Guangdong, No.2014KQNCX107;The PhD Start-up Fund of Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong, No.2015A030310288


The study of the spatio-temporal effects of urban rail transit on land-use change is significant for the collaborative simulation of land use and urban rail transit. In this paper, high-resolution remote sensing images and POIs data were combined to acquire fine-scale land use information. A stepwise regression model and a land function classification method were used to investigate the spatial and temporal effects of urban rail transit on land-use change. The results indicated that low density residential land would be converted to high density residential land and commercial land under the influences of urban rail transit. The influences of rail transit on land use vary over its various stages, including planning, construction and operation. In the planning and operation stages, such influences are mostly found in suburban areas with better transport infrastructure, while in the construction stage, they are related to available areas for land development. The land function around the urban central stations has changed slightly due to the restriction of land, while the land function around the suburban stations has changed significantly. The transitions of land function will emerge when metro stations go into operation.

Key words: rail transit, complex land-use change, spatio-temporal effects, high-resolution remote sensing image, POI, Guangzhou City