Predicting the future of urbanization

09/19/2012 | Nature

Areas such as tropical Africa and eastern China are expected to be hot spots of urbanization during the next several years, according to researchers, who used satellite imagery and other data to project future urban expansion through 2030. "We're not forecasting population, we're forecasting the expansion of urban space," said Yale University geographer Karen Seto. Their efforts could be used to assist conservation initiatives, Seto noted.

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