Located on the coast of the Bohai Sea Region, the Binhai New Area has quickly become a major industrial center in China. The area southeast of the capital of Beijing, once home to salt farms, reed marshes, and wasteland, has become one of the country's key economic areas. The decision to develop the area began in the 1990s, and to date, the bay area is home to numerous aerospace, oil and chemical, and other manufacturing industries. The development will include an international airport in the coming years.
The changes over 20 years can be seen in these Landsat images acquired in 1992 and 2012. Landsat imagery are used to study land use change along the shorelines, and to assist regional authorities in monitoring the associated effects to water bodies and ecosystems.