The geography of the changes in agricultural land use in the Sendai Metropolitan Area, Japan: An examination of the topographic characteristics using the geographical information system

Yuzuru Isoda, Doo-Chul Kim, Keigo Matsuoka

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This study explored the changes in agricultural land use in the Sendai metropolitan area since the 1970s using the Geographical Information System. The study area, being a regional center for the Tohoku region, has experienced rapid urban expansion since the 1970s. It was found that notwithstanding the transfer of 18% of arable land to urban use, there has been a slight increase in arable land due mainly to the reclamation of forests into pasture. Urban development in the study area occurred mainly on forest-covered hills, and it was arable land unsuited for agriculture that had been released for urban developments. The development of arable land suitable for agriculture has been slower than expected, considering the rapidity of urban expansion during the study period. An extrapolation of the changes in arable land use since the 1970s suggests that paddy fields and dry fields close to existing urbanized areas are likely to be urbanized by 2020 ; whilst arable land unsuitable for either agricultural or urban use, and arable land newly developed since the 1970s are likely to be abandoned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-64
Number of pages30
JournalScience Reports of the Tohoku University, Series 7: Geography
Volume48
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

arable land
metropolitan area
agricultural land
GIS
land use
urban development
agriculture
geography
paddy field
pasture

Keywords

  • Agricultural land use
  • GIS
  • Sendai metropolitan area
  • Topographic characteristics
  • Urban expansion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

Cite this

@article{7b35a832e0a0402395ff14074a236bc6,
title = "The geography of the changes in agricultural land use in the Sendai Metropolitan Area, Japan: An examination of the topographic characteristics using the geographical information system",
abstract = "This study explored the changes in agricultural land use in the Sendai metropolitan area since the 1970s using the Geographical Information System. The study area, being a regional center for the Tohoku region, has experienced rapid urban expansion since the 1970s. It was found that notwithstanding the transfer of 18{\%} of arable land to urban use, there has been a slight increase in arable land due mainly to the reclamation of forests into pasture. Urban development in the study area occurred mainly on forest-covered hills, and it was arable land unsuited for agriculture that had been released for urban developments. The development of arable land suitable for agriculture has been slower than expected, considering the rapidity of urban expansion during the study period. An extrapolation of the changes in arable land use since the 1970s suggests that paddy fields and dry fields close to existing urbanized areas are likely to be urbanized by 2020 ; whilst arable land unsuitable for either agricultural or urban use, and arable land newly developed since the 1970s are likely to be abandoned.",
keywords = "Agricultural land use, GIS, Sendai metropolitan area, Topographic characteristics, Urban expansion",
author = "Yuzuru Isoda and Doo-Chul Kim and Keigo Matsuoka",
year = "1998",
language = "English",
volume = "48",
pages = "35--64",
journal = "Science Reports of the Tohoku University, Series 7: Geography",
issn = "0375-7854",
publisher = "Tohoku University",
number = "1-2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The geography of the changes in agricultural land use in the Sendai Metropolitan Area, Japan

T2 - An examination of the topographic characteristics using the geographical information system

AU - Isoda, Yuzuru

AU - Kim, Doo-Chul

AU - Matsuoka, Keigo

PY - 1998

Y1 - 1998

N2 - This study explored the changes in agricultural land use in the Sendai metropolitan area since the 1970s using the Geographical Information System. The study area, being a regional center for the Tohoku region, has experienced rapid urban expansion since the 1970s. It was found that notwithstanding the transfer of 18% of arable land to urban use, there has been a slight increase in arable land due mainly to the reclamation of forests into pasture. Urban development in the study area occurred mainly on forest-covered hills, and it was arable land unsuited for agriculture that had been released for urban developments. The development of arable land suitable for agriculture has been slower than expected, considering the rapidity of urban expansion during the study period. An extrapolation of the changes in arable land use since the 1970s suggests that paddy fields and dry fields close to existing urbanized areas are likely to be urbanized by 2020 ; whilst arable land unsuitable for either agricultural or urban use, and arable land newly developed since the 1970s are likely to be abandoned.

AB - This study explored the changes in agricultural land use in the Sendai metropolitan area since the 1970s using the Geographical Information System. The study area, being a regional center for the Tohoku region, has experienced rapid urban expansion since the 1970s. It was found that notwithstanding the transfer of 18% of arable land to urban use, there has been a slight increase in arable land due mainly to the reclamation of forests into pasture. Urban development in the study area occurred mainly on forest-covered hills, and it was arable land unsuited for agriculture that had been released for urban developments. The development of arable land suitable for agriculture has been slower than expected, considering the rapidity of urban expansion during the study period. An extrapolation of the changes in arable land use since the 1970s suggests that paddy fields and dry fields close to existing urbanized areas are likely to be urbanized by 2020 ; whilst arable land unsuitable for either agricultural or urban use, and arable land newly developed since the 1970s are likely to be abandoned.

KW - Agricultural land use

KW - GIS

KW - Sendai metropolitan area

KW - Topographic characteristics

KW - Urban expansion

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0032470606&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0032470606&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0032470606

VL - 48

SP - 35

EP - 64

JO - Science Reports of the Tohoku University, Series 7: Geography

JF - Science Reports of the Tohoku University, Series 7: Geography

SN - 0375-7854

IS - 1-2

ER -