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      Spatiotemporal characteristics and driving forces of construction land expansion in Yangtze River economic belt, China

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          With rapid economic and population growth, construction land expansion in Yangtze River economic belt in China becomes substantial, carrying significant social and economic implications. This research uses Expansion Speed Index and Expansion Intensity Index to examine spatiotemporal characteristics of construction land expansion in the Yangtze River economic belt from 2000 to 2017. Based on a STIRPAT model, driving forces of construction land expansion are measured by Principal Component Analysis and Ordinary Least Square regression. The results show that: (1) there is a clear expansion pattern regarding the time sequence in provinces/cities of the Yangtze River economic belt, with rapid expansion in the initial stage, moderate expansion in the middle stage and rapid expansion in the later stage. (2) Spatial analysis demonstrates first expansion in the lower reaches in the early stage, rapid expansion of the upper reaches in the middle and later stage, and steady expansion of the middle reaches throughout the research period. (3)There are statistical significant correlations between construction land expansion and GDP, social fixed asset investments, population at the end of the year, population urbanization rate, per capita road area, and number of scientific and technological professionals as well as secondary and tertiary industry values. Of these factors, GDP, social fixed asset investments, population urbanization rate and second industry value are important common driving forces of construction land expansion in this region. The research findings have significant policy implications particularly on coordinated development of urban agglomerations and sustainable industry upgrading when construction land expansion is concerned.

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                PLoS One
                PLoS ONE
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                PLoS ONE
                Public Library of Science (San Francisco, CA USA )
                1932-6203
                24 January 2020
                2020
                : 15
                : 1
                Affiliations
                College of Public Administration, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, PR China
                Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, GERMANY
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                Competing Interests: NO authors have competing interests.

                Article
                PONE-D-19-13451
                10.1371/journal.pone.0227299
                6980553
                31978142
                0ea2fe79-359c-4cd9-a8b9-90a853f57415
                © 2020 Cai, Fangyuan

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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                Funded by: Humanity and Social Science Youth Foundation of Ministry of Education of China
                Award ID: 15YJCZH004
                Award Recipient :
                The first author (W. Cai) received funding from Humanity and Social Science Youth Foundation of Ministry of Education of China ( http://www.moe.gov.cn/) (Grant number: 15YJCZH004). The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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