PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (9): 1107-1122.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2015.09.004

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Progress in evaluating suitability of spatial development and construction land

Zhonglei YU1(), Wenxin ZHANG1, Jinshe LIANG1, Li ZHUANG2()   

  1. 1. School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    2. College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Online:2015-09-25 Published:2015-09-25


Suitability of spatial development and construction land (SSDCL) is the scientific foundation for spatial development optimization and selection of space for building. This article introduces the SSDCL's concept and connotation, and summarizes case studies on this topic from multiple perspectives. It then analyzes and comments on the factors, indicator systems, and evaluation methods of SSDCL. The review shows that indicators for evaluation include physical geographic, ecological, economic, institutional, and social factors.Chinese scholars have not been paying enough attention to the social and behavioral factors and attitude and preference of the public. At present, there is a general lack of theoretical basis for the selection of indicators and classification of suitability, which compromise the scientific quality of SSDCL evaluation. Four evaluation frameworks have been used in evaluating suitability of spatial development and construction land. These include integrated overlay analysis of multiple indicators; simulation of spatial interaction and trend; suitability analysis based on ecological niche; and participatory comprehensive evaluation. Integrating the various evaluation frameworks to develop a system that takes into account both relationships among different stakeholder groups and the human-environment relationship should be emphasized in future research. The following measures can be implemented to promote the progress of SSDCL: (1) Establish an improved evaluation system of SSDCL and strengthen theoretical research to form a stronger foundation for an improved indicator system. (2) Improve the evaluation frameworks, technical methods, and standardization to increase the scientific quality of SSDCL evaluation. (3) Develop a classification system that meets the demands of spatial governance policy. (4) Expand the scope of SSDCL case study and applications. (5) Integrate the macro-scale territorial spatial development suitability evaluation and the micro-level construction land suitability evaluation in order to meet the practical requirements of multi-level plan integration.

Key words: territorial space, spatial development, construction land, suitability, evaluation, progress