Artificial Landform Transformation and Landscape Planning

For large Asian cities situated on deltaic lowlands, anthropogenic landform transformation is essential for both agrarian and urban development; and besides it is subject to macro-scale geomorphologic settings that range from continental deltas to foothill-rimmed insular lowlands. Understanding of landform transformation processes and patterns in different geomorphologic settings is crucial for land-use planning in areas of mixed urban–rural land use on the periphery of these cities. I have been examining landform transformation processes and patterns in several Asian cities at multi-scales: (a) meso-scale quantitative landform and land-use analyses on the urban fringe by interpretation of satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and topographic maps; (b) micro-scale field measurements in a low-lying district to investigate relationships between landform, land use, and the types of fill material used; and (c) macro-scale analysis of the flow of fill material from source areas outside the city area to end use on the urban–rural fringe of the city.