Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2012, Vol. 67 ›› Issue (2): 253-265.doi: 10.11821/xb201202011

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Information Theory for Human Settlements Research and Its Info-spectrum Images System

WANG Yang1,2, ZHAOWanmin2   

  1. 1. College of Geography and Tourism, Key Laboratory of GIS Application, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing 400047, China;
    2. College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
  • Received:2011-05-31 Revised:2011-10-23 Online:2012-02-20 Published:2012-02-20
  • Supported by:
    Key Project of the National11th Five-Year Research Program of China, No.2008BAH31B06; Project of National Natural Science Foundationof China, No.50738007; No.51078363; No.51108478; No.40801077; No.41101563; Humanities and SocialSciences Foundation of China's Ministry of Education, No.11YJAZH049

Abstract: According to the inner requirements of systemic and integration for human settlements research, this paper interpreted the human settlement study contents and process from the perspective of Information theory on the basis of Information theory, the Sciences of Human Settlement, Geo-Info Spectrum theory and City Image theory. With epistemology logic of the Image of the City theory, it puts forward the concept of "The Images of Human Settlement Environment" and "The Info-spectrum System of Human Settlement Environment", providing methodology cogitation model for human settlement study. This paper thinks the interpretation of human settlement environment research from the perspective of Information theory includes human settlement environment noumenon definition, information flowing direction definition, information flowing circle content and quantity measuring method definition, on the basis of which a series of concepts can be derived, such as human settlement environment information subject, object, and carrier; forward information flowing, backward information flowing; information cubic and human settlement environment information entropy and so on. This paper puts forward a theory of human settlement environment info-spectrum conceptual system with the reference on the Sciences of Human Settlement and Geo-Info Spectrum theory, and believes that Human Settlement Environment Info-Spectrum contains three modules (natural environment module, social environment module, artificial environment module), three spatial scales (macro spatial level, median spatial level, micro spatial level), three types (symptom info-spectrum, diagnosis info-spectrum, implementation info-spectrum) and three dimensions (space info-spectrum, time info-spectrum, space-time info-spectrum), which relate with each other. The establishment and realization of Human Settlements Environment Info-Spectrum conceptual hierarchy provides human settlement research with a digital simulation, experiment, analysis and controlling platform.

Key words: human settlements environment, the images of the human settlements, information theory, geo-info spectrum, human settlements environment info-spectrum