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 Title & Authors
Urbanization Analysis of Major City in North Korea Using Landsat Imagery
Jun Hyun, Kim;
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 Abstract
This study calculated the NDVI and the NDBI of the land-use change in major cities at North Korea through Landsat imagery, and analyzed the spatiality(LISA) with difference discretization of the UI index. As a result of the research, we could identify that the degree of urbanization has been increased in both Gaesung and Pyeongyang, but showed opposite spatial tendency to each other. The urban index of Pyeongyang, a nucleus district of North Korea, has been progressed quicker than Gaesung since 1994, while the urbanization development was being progressed also in general, as it expanded from the existing downtown area. On the other hand, the urbanization took place intensively at one region in Gaesung by developing the vegetation area that forest transfers into a built-up area, which has been judged from the great dynamic range of NDVI values. In conclusion, it is possible to extract necessary data for understanding the degree of urbanization and spatial characteristics of North Korea through the UI and the LISA analysis that are considered to propose useful methodology in investigating changes in North Korean cities and political levearage.
 Keywords
Landsat;North Korea;Urban Index;Spatiality;
 Language
Korean
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