Urbanization is one of the most significant changes in the world in recent centuries. Cities expanded into rural areas and became larger cities, affecting social, political and economic life. However, the demographic changes and land use changes of contemporary urbanization have been significantly different from the characteristics of the past. Urban areas cover much less than 2% of the earth’s surface and contribute 78% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Therefore, the relationships among urbanization, urban spatial planning, land-use change and demographic change need to be further clarified. Their dynamic relationships should be analyzed at a smaller spatial scale to help examine the abilities of urban spatial planning in controlling urbanization, demographic change and carbon dioxide emissions. This study will establish relevant statistics and maps of population, land use, economy, income and energy consumption to confirm the urbanization and demographic changes in the study areas. The study area, the Taipei area, includes Taipei City, New Taipei City and Keelung City. Spatial autocorrelation analysis and spatial regression model will be adopted to analyze the spatial autocorrelation degree and spatial heterogeneity of urbanization and demographic change in the study areas.
Szu-Hua Wang, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan