Dhaka Megacity: Geospatial Perspectives on Urbanisation, by Robert J. Corner, Ashraf M. Dewan (auth.), Ashraf Dewan,

By Robert J. Corner, Ashraf M. Dewan (auth.), Ashraf Dewan, Robert Corner (eds.)

The publication Dhaka Megacity: Geospatial views on Urbanisation, surroundings and Health provides using geospatial concepts to deal with a couple of environmental matters, together with land use swap, climatic variability, city sprawl, inhabitants density modelling, flooding, environmental overall healthiness, water caliber, strength assets, city development modelling, infectious ailments and the standard of existence. even supposing the paintings is targeted at the Megacity of Dhaka in Bangladesh, the innovations and techniques which are used to analyze those concerns can be used in the other parts the place quick inhabitants development coupled with unplanned urbanization is resulting in environmental degradation.

The ebook turns out to be useful for individuals operating within the region of Geospatial technology, city Geography, Environmental administration and foreign improvement. because the chapters within the ebook disguise quite a number environmental matters, this booklet describes necessary instruments for supporting expert determination making, rather in constructing countries.

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Extreme inequality exists between the rich and the poor in Dhaka (Siddiqui et al. 2010; Begum 2007; Islam 2005a, b), as indicated by the per capita income of US $550, which is perhaps the lowest per capita income among megacities around the world (Islam 2005a). However, according to Islam (2005a), the megacity’s gross city product (GCP) accounted for 17 % of the national GDP, suggesting the influence of its economy on national development. Rich people constitute only 3 % of the total population who enjoy a high standard of living, whilst the rest are in the middle- and lower-income groups (Hossain 2006).

2); however, a brief overview on the environmental setting of Dhaka Megacity could be useful to enable readers to grasp its spatial, environmental and socioeconomic settings. There is uncertainty as to what constitutes the spatial extent of Dhaka Megacity because a number of different methods have been used to delineate the area of Dhaka (Islam 2005a). According to the Urban Area Report – 1998 and 2008 of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) – Dhaka Statistical Metropolitan Area (DSMA) was created by the census authorities of BBS in 1980 to enable the smooth conduct of census.

4 %, respectively, at the national level. The ever-growing population in Bangladesh is currently placing enormous pressure on natural resources. Despite the fact that the annual growth rate has been reduced significantly, the size of population is still large when compared with the size of the country. As a result, both landlessness and environmental degradation 1 Introduction 3 have become pervasive in recent times (Choudhury 2008). 9 million in 2001 (BBS 1994, 2004). 4 % (BBS 2012b). This shows that the total population of the country has increased by 72 million between 1974 and 2011.

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