Portions of Landsat imagery acquired in 1988 and 2003 illustrate the dramatic growth in the Beijing, China region.
In 1988 the population of Beijing was over 10 million. The area was surrounded by agricultural fields with rice, winter wheat, and vegetables grown to feed the near-by population.
In 2003 the population of the city had grown to over 17 million in Beijing and there was major expansion in surrounding communities. The growing industrialization and commercial development, especially near the newly enlarged International airport, happened at the expense of agricultural production.
Landsat data are being used to illustrate the growth and are used to monitor changes in land use and the impact of the population change on regional forest land, surface water resources, and the expanded road network.