Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2003, Vol. 58 ›› Issue (1): 17-24.doi: 10.11821/xb200301003

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Digital Simulation of Population Density in China

LIU Jiyuan1, YUE Tianxiang1, WANG Ying'an2, QIU Dongsheng1, LIU Mingliang1, DENG Xiangzheng1, YANG Xiaohuan1, HUANG Yujie3   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Research Center for Sustainable Development of Shandong Province, Jinan 250014, China;
    3. Department of Water Conservancy, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100080, China
  • Received:2002-06-10 Revised:2002-10-08 Online:2003-01-25 Published:2003-01-25
  • Supported by:

    Knowledge Innovation Project of CAS, No.KZCX2-308-02; Major project of International Cooperation on Science and Technology, No.2001DFDF0004


Spatial distribution of population density is simulated on the basis of fusing remotely sensed data, meteorological data, soil data and statistical data by means of a grid-generation based model that is newly constructed in this paper. The result shows that the highest values of simulated population density almost centralized in the triangle-zone, taking Beijing, Shanghai and Zhengzhou city as its vertexes, and in the Pearl River Delta. In the meantime, the highest density triangle-zone tends to be a pentagon taking Shanghai-Nanjing- Hangzhou urban agglomeration, Wuhan city, Xi'an city, Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan urban agglomeration and Shenyang-Dalian urban agglomeration as its five vertexes. The highest density zone in the Pearl River Delta is expanding to its outer-ring.

Key words: grid generation, population density, spatial distribution, digital simulation, China