Urbanization

Urbanization in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria continues to grow in population density and urbanization. The city currently stands as the 14th largest urban area in the world and is on the cusp of becoming a primary coastal megalopolis. Lagos urban area is home to approximately 33% of the Lagos State population (Sunday and Ajewole 2006). Urban development in Lagos is taking place by conversion of coastal wetlands into urbanized communities which is a direct result of urban sprawl.

Urbanization in Manaus, Brazil

Manaus is located on the Rio Negro and is a backbone of the Brazil's commercial market of shipping, petroleum, and forest products. Manaus is the home to over half of the residents of the State of Amazonia. High rates of illegal residency have resulted in dense economically disadvantaged communities on creek banks that run throughout the city.

Urbanization in Dubai

Perhaps no place on the Earth has had as drastic land cover change over the past ten years as Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The creation of over 300 kilometers of coastline, the rapid expansion of urban land cover, and the intensification of urban development make this one of the most rapidly and visibly changed land covers due to urbanization.

Urbanization in Bangalore Karnataka, India

Urban population in Asia rockets from 678 million in 1980 to 1.85 billion in 2000 (UN-Habitat 2005), with China and India being the leading countries. Several cities in India have dramatic rates of urban expansion, such as Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi and Bangalore (Hove 2006). Among them, Bangalore grows the fastest in Asia and its urban area began to form in 1986. Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka. Because of its burgeoning IT industries, Bangalore is nicknamed India’s "Silicon City.” Also, it is an international air hub.