A GIS-based research on the distribution of rural settlements in Yulin of northern Shaanxi

M. Zhao, G.A. Tang, Wen Zhong Shi, Y.M. Liu

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The development and distribution pattern of rural settlements was greatly limited by their natural and social environment. Taking Yulin prefecture in northern Shaanxi’s Loess Plateau area as an example, 1:250,000 map-scale national geographical database as a major information source, a GIS-based research was conducted to investigate the spatial distribution of the rural settlements. In this paper, many significant characteristics of the rural settlement distribution are reviewed by means of a series of GIS-based information processing methodology. The results obtained in this study should be helpful for the urban and rural settlements reconstruction planning in this area.
Original languageChinese (Simplified)
Pages (from-to)171-176
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of geographical sciences (Acta geographica sinica)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • GIS
  • Rural settlement distribution
  • Yulin prefecture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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