Title: Measuring urban concentration: a spatial cluster typology based on public and private sector service patterns
Authors: Stelios Tsompanoglou; Yorgos N. Photis
Addresses: Spatial Analysis, GIS and Thematic Cartography Lab, Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, Volos 38334, Greece ' Spatial Analysis, GIS and Thematic Cartography Lab, Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, Volos 38334, Greece
Abstract: The main objective of this paper is the definition of a methodological framework for the determination, analysis and cross-evaluation of urban clusters which are formulated within wider study areas, such as administrative regions. To this end, different methods and techniques are utilised, that stem from the fields of statistics and quantitative spatial analysis. The geographical delineation of urban clusters is mainly based on different types of variables, such as the demographic characteristics of the cities, the number of public and private sector services located in them, as well as the total length of the road network in the study area. Furthermore, a comparative urban concentration indicator (UCI) is devised, which reflects the role and the relative weight of every urban area in the study region as well as its spatial influence. Both the proposed methodological framework and the UCI are applied to the region of Thessaly, Greece.
Keywords: public services; private services; quantitative spatial analysis; urban concentration; Thessaly; urban clusters; urban growth; sustainable development; sustainability; Greece; public sector; private sector; service patterns.
World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 2013 Vol.10 No.4, pp.185 - 202
Received: 24 Oct 2011
Accepted: 15 Nov 2012
Published online: 13 Nov 2013 *