peri-urbanization in southeast asia



Over the past half century, the five countries of mainland Southeast Asia – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam – have witnessed major shifts from predominantly subsistence agrarian economies to increasingly commercialized agriculture and industrialized societies. Current research on land cover change in Southeast Asia, however, fails to provide an integrated understanding of where change is occurring, whose lives are affected, and how these people, in turn, may drive land cover change in other locations. This project brings together a multidisciplinary team to focus on the following objectives: (1) produce regional maps of land cover change, with increased detail for boom crops and periurban areas, 2000-2012; (2) broadly document the political economic drivers of boom crops and urbanization by synthesizing information from secondary sources; and (3) produce an integrated understanding of the location of boom crop expansion and urbanization, as well as the political economic drivers of these changes. At the local scale, research objectives include: (1) use expert knowledge to identify a sample of forests, boom crops, and periurban areas in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam undergoing rapid change; (2) conduct focus group discussions and household interviews in these sites to identify how land uses have changed and if any displaced land uses have occurred; and (3) produce maps of land cover change for 2000-2012 in the sample sites, with a specific focus on mapping rubber, pulp and paper, and coffee plantations in periurban areas by integrating satellite imagery, census data, and expert local knowledge.

Recent publications

Kontgis, C., Schneider, A., Ozdogan, M. (2015) Mapping rice paddy extent and intensification in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta with dense time stacks of Landsat data. Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 169, p. 255-269.

Schneider, A. et al. (2015). A new urban landscape in East-Southeast Asia, 2000-2010. Environmental Research Letters, vol. 10, article 034002.

Kontgis, C., Schneider, A., Fox, J., Saksena, S., Spencer, J., Castrence, M. (2014) Monitoring peri-urbanization in the greater Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area. Applied Geography, vol. 53, p. 377-388.

Schneider, A. (2012). Monitoring land cover change in urban and peri-urban areas using dense time stacks of Landsat satellite data and a data mining approach. Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 124, pages 689-704.

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Research questions

How is land cover in Southeast Asia changing? How do these changes drive teleconnections in other locations?

Research team

Jefferson Fox (East-West Center), Annemarie Schneider, Ian Baird, Andreas Heinimann (Center for Cultural and Technical Change), James Spencer (East-West Center), Caitlin Kontgis

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