Headline: Cross-City Convergence in Urban Green Space Coverage in China

Cross-city convergence in green space coverage could contribute to our understanding of the law of motion of distribution dynamics of environmental sustainability across cities and provide crucial information for designing policies regarding complex processes relating to human–environment interactions in an urban system. The relationship between socioeconomic factors and green space coverage has been widely discussed, but research on the distribution dynamics of green space coverage across cities is limited. This paper explored the pattern of convergence in green space coverage of a group of 285 Chinese cities over the period of 2002–2012 by using hybrid approaches, including the nonparametric estimation technique, unconditional β-convergence model, and conditional β-convergence model. The results indicated that the green space coverage level in most cities has been substantially improved; the spatial disparity across Chinese cities has shrunk, and the level of green space coverage has converged to 104% of the average level. The β-convergence estimation results demonstrate the existence of unconditional and conditional convergence in green space coverage among Chinese cities, which indicates that cities with a low initial level of green space coverage grow faster than those with an initial high level. Faster sprawling, more compact and wealthier cities are likely to converge to a higher level of green space coverage. Expansion of the population and spatial scale of cities contributes to increasing green space coverage, sprawling of built-up area leads to a decrease of the green space coverage, and economic growth has little impact on green space coverage.

Publication Year
2019
Publication Type
Academic Articles
Citation

Wang, Y., Chen, X., Zhang, Z., Xue, B., Lu, C. (2019): Cross-City Convergence in Urban Green Space Coverage in China. - Sustainability, 11, 17, 4707.DOI: http://doi.org/10.3390/su11174707

DOI
10.3390/su11174707
Links
http://publications.iass-potsdam.de/pubman/item/escidoc:4612900:2/component/esc…
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Projects involved
Kopernikus Project Energy Transition Navigation System (Enavi)