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Title: Identifying functional urban areas in Ecuador using a varying travel time approach (Code and Raw Data)
Author: Obaco Álvarez, Moisés Lenyn
Royuela Mora, Vicente
Keywords: Desenvolupament urbà
Urban development
Issue Date: 25-Jan-2019
Abstract: Identifying integrated urban areas is an important issue for urban analysis and policy evaluation. In this paper, we provide a set of FUAs suitable for monitoring urbanization in Ecuador, a less developed country without commuting data. We do so substituting such socioeconomic flows by available information on road structure, which allow us to work with accessibility based on a varying travel time. In order to build Ecuadorean FUAs, we calibrate our methodology considering Colombian data. We perform several sensitivity analysis and robustness checks to Ecuador with alternative sources of socioeconomic flows. We conclude that the use of GIS data and the calibrated thresholds provide a set of FUAs close to the ones that would result of using commuting information.
Note: We provide the code for producing Functional Urban Areas by means of using OSM and Google maps data.
Dades associades a l'article: Obaco A., Moisés; Royuela Mora, Vicente (2019): Identifying functional urban areas in Ecuador using a varying travel time approach,. Publicat a: Geographical Analysis, 2020, vol. 52, n. 1. ( DOI:
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