Analyzing the Relationships between Urban Development, Air Pollution and Urban Heat Island Effect

Project Details


Analyzing the correlation between land-use and land-cover change and public health issues in space and time domain is the main focus of this study. Specifically, this study will examine the relationships between historical land-cover change in major cities of Taiwan and their intensified conditions of air pollution and urban heat islands. Government reports and statistics have shown that the increase of residents of urban areas in Taiwan has a significant impact to the living environment, including the extension of impervious area and fragmentation of green lands. This change may cause a considerable risk for public health due to urbanization and industrialization which have been creating multi-driving factors to air pollution, urban heat islands, and other public health problems. To analysis their correlation in the time period of 2000 to 2017, satellite imagery will be used to map the historical landcover of six major cities in Taiwan, and then embedded into the development of a landcover change model for future projection. We expect the study results could be referred to authorities as useful guidelines when making policies for public health.
Effective start/end date1/08/2031/07/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • land-cover change model
  • air pollution
  • urban heat islands
  • satellite imagery
  • urbanization


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