Urbanization in the Himalayas

Jiao Zhang
Matthew Kotchen
Start Date: 
September, 2014

Rapid economic development has spurred significant land use change in China since the Chinese government initiated its economic reform in 1978. While the land use dynamics in many parts of China has been well-documented and studied, because of the political sensitivity surrounding the Tibetan Plateau, less attention has been paid to understanding the change in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The objective of this study is thus to use remote sensing to understand the land use dynamics in Lhasa, as an entry point to understand the broader trending happening in Tibet.