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This study attempted to provide systematic data on the scale and form of urban expansion in East Asia through empirical observation. (China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar are included, among other countries.) The study analyzed the built-up areas throughout the region in 2000 and in 2010 using satellite imagery. The data produced allows deeper exploration of issues such as urban expansion, urban population change, and urban density. In addition to this publication, a large new dataset based on the research has been released.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Migration
  • Population
  • Urban administration and development
  • Urban development trends
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Viet Nam
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar
  • China
Copyright Yes
Access and use constraints

This work is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 IGO license (CC BY 3.0 IGO)

Version / Edition 1.0
License CC-BY-4.0

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Author (corporate) The World Bank
Publication place Washington DC, USA
Publisher The World Bank
Publication date 2015
Pagination 182 p.
Date uploaded August 15, 2015, 08:03 (UTC)
Date modified August 15, 2015, 09:12 (UTC)