urban metabolic morphologies

A collection of urban morphology visualizations based on NASA JPL’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data. It is part of a series of visualizations created for a research I’m working on – urban metabolic morphologies. Data processing done through Matlab, vector data is from the Openstreetmaps project, georeferencing done through QGIS.

This set of images compares the intricate relationship between topography, hydrography, and urban form. 12 of the world’s fastest growing cities were studied to see how urban areas grow into their surrounding landscapes.

The images shown here are not to scale so the cities should not be compared with one another.

New York City, New York
SRTM layer

New York City, New York
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

New York City, New York
Slope layer

New York City, New York
Flow Accumulation layer

New York City, New York
Wetness Index layer

Tokyo, Japan
SRTM layer

Tokyo, Japan
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Tokyo, Japan
Slope layer

Tokyo, Japan
Flow Accumulation layer

Tokyo, Japan
Wetness Index layer

Mexico City, Mexico
SRTM layer

Mexico City, Mexico
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Mexico City, Mexico
Slope layer

Mexico City, Mexico
Flow Accumulation layer

Mexico City, Mexico
Wetness Index layer

Seoul, Korea
SRTM layer

Seoul, Korea
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Seoul, Korea
Slope layer

Seoul, Korea
Flow Accumulation layer

Seoul, Korea
Wetness Index layer

Jakarta, Indonesia
SRTM layer

Jakarta, Indonesia
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Jakarta, Indonesia
Slope layer

Jakarta, Indonesia
Flow Accumulation layer

Jakarta, Indonesia
Wetness Index layer

Sao Paulo, Brazil
SRTM layer

Sao Paulo, Brazil
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Slope layer

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Flow Accumulation layer

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Wetness Index layer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
SRTM layer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Slope layer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Flow Accumulation layer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Wetness Index layer

Hanoi, Vietnam
SRTM layer

Hanoi, Vietnam
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Hanoi, Vietnam
Slope layer

Hanoi, Vietnam
Flow Accumulation layer

Hanoi, Vietnam
Wetness Index layer

Nairobi, Kenya
SRTM layer

Nairobi, Kenya
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Nairobi, Kenya
Slope layer

Nairobi, Kenya
Flow Accumulation layer

Nairobi, Kenya
Wetness Index layer

Lagos, Nigeria
SRTM layer

Lagos, Nigeria
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Lagos, Nigeria
Slope layer

Lagos, Nigeria
Flow Accumulation layer

Lagos, Nigeria
Wetness Index layer

Dhaka, Bangladesh
SRTM layer

Dhaka, Bangladesh
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Slope layer

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Flow Accumulation layer

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Wetness Index layer

Shanghai, China
SRTM layer

Shanghai, China
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Slope layer

Flow Accumulation layer

Wetness Index layer

Taipei, Taiwan
SRTM layer

Taipei, Taiwan
SRTM + Openstreetmap layer

Taipei, Taiwan
Slope layer

Taipei, Taiwan
Flow Accumulation layer

Taipei, Taiwan
Wetness Index layer

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