Marvin Mc Cutchan, Simge Özdal‐Oktay, and Ioannis Giannopoulos
Urban growth is a spatial process which has a significant impact on the earth’s environment. Research on predicting this complex process makes it therefore especially fruitful for decision‐making on a global scale, as it enables the introduction of more sustainable urban development. This article presents a novel method of urban growth prediction. The method utilizes geospatial semantics in order to predict urban growth for a set of random areas in Europe. For this purpose, a feature space representing geospatial configurations was introduced which embeds semantic information. Data in this feature space was then used to perform deep learning, which ultimately enables the prediction of urban growth with high accuracy. The final results reveal that geospatial semantics hold great potential for spatial prediction tasks.
Transactions in GIS. 00: 1– 22. 2020-07-14