Dataset of urban distribution, urban population and built-up area in Tibetan Plateau (2000-2015)

This data set includes the urban distribution, urban population and built-up areas of the Qinghai Tibet Plateau from 2000 to 2015. The urban distribution data is the county-level vector boundary in 2015, and the urban population and built-up area data years are 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015. Among them, the data of urban distribution and built-up areas are from the research team of Kuang Wenhui, Professor of Institute of geography and resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the data of urban population are from the census data of each year, the statistical yearbook of each province in the Qinghai Tibet Plateau, etc. The data quality is excellent, which can be used to analyze the population growth trend, urban expansion and the impact of human activities on the surrounding environment of cities and towns in the Qinghai Tibet Plateau.

File naming and required software

File name: the dataset is stored in ShapeFile vector data format, and the name of urban distribution file is“ UrbanDistribution.shp ”The name of the urban population file is“ UrbanPopulation.shp ”The name of the built-up area is "Build-upArea2000. shp", "Build-upArea2005. shp", "Build-upArea2010. shp" and "Build-upArea2015. shp".
Data reading mode: ArcGIS, MAPGIS and envi can be used to open, view and analyze the data.

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KUANG Wenhui. Dataset of urban distribution, urban population and built-up area in Tibetan Plateau (2000-2015). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2021. DOI: 10.11888/Geogra.tpdc.271159. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

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Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition Program

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Geographic coverage
East: 105.63 West: 73.50
South: 25.55 North: 41.38
  • Temporal resolution: Yearly
  • Spatial resolution: -
  • File size: 9 MB
  • Views: 1,168
  • Downloads: 62
  • Access: Open Access
  • Temporal coverage: 2000-01-01 To 2015-12-31
  • Updated time: 2021-04-19
: KUANG Wenhui  

Distributor: National Tibetan Plateau Data Center


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