When used to comprehend how a region changes over time, landscape metrics serve as a precious tool for generating knowledge on transformation dynamics of the spatial patterns and for gain-ing insights on the heterogeneity of its composition. The paper presents the case study of the Pearl River Delta (China). The composition and configuration of the urban landscape using four landscape metrics to compare the evolution of the region’s cities over the period 1992-2015 is examined. ESA CCI land cover maps are used. We argue that when used together with mapping, landscape metrics can improve the understanding of trends and rates of land conversion and support practitioners and decision-makers in the development of landscape-based strategies for future-oriented actions.
- Dynamics of change
- Interpreting spatial information
- Landscape metrics
- Map analysis