Karen C. Seto

Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science; Senior Associate Dean of Research; Director of Doctoral Studies

 
Publications (BETA)

This is a PARTIAL listing of recent publications, and it will continue to grow as we populate our publications database.

2017

  • Journal Article
    Pandey, B.Q. Zhang, and K. Seto. “Comparative evaluation of relative calibration methods for DMSP/OLS nighttime lights.” Remote Sensing of Environment 195 (2017): 67-78. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.04.011
  • Journal Article
    Bren d’Amour, C., F. Reitsma, G. Baiocchi, S. Barthel, B. Güneralp, K-H. Erb, H. Haberl, F. Creutzig, and K. C. Seto. “Future urban expansion and implications for global croplands.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114.34 (2017): 8939-8944. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1606036114
  • Journal Article
    Güneralp, B., Y. Zhou, D.Ürge-Vorsatz, M. Gupta, S. Yu, P. L. Patel, M. Fragkias, X. Li, and K. C. Seto. “Global scenarios of urban density and its impacts on building energy use through 2050.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114.34 (2017): 8945-8950. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1606035114
  • Journal Article - Forthcoming
    Fragkias, M., J. Lobo, and K. C. Seto. “A comparison of nighttime lights data for urban energy research: Insights from scaling analysis in the US system of cities.” Environment and Planning B (2017). DOI: 10.1177/0265813516658477
  • 2016

  • Journal Article
    Zhang, Q., B. Pandey, and K. C. Seto. “A Robust Method to Generate a Consistent Time Series From DMSP/OLS Nighttime Light Data.” IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 54.10 (2016): 5821-5831. DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2016.2572724
  • Journal Article
    Creutzig, F., B. Fernandez, H. Haberl, R. Khosla, Y. Mulugetta, and K. C. Seto. “Beyond technology: Demand-side solutions to climate change mitigation.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources 41 (2016): 173-198. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-110615-085428
  • Journal Article
    Seto, K. C., S. J. Davis, R. B. Mitchell, E. C. Stokes, G. Unruh, and D. Ürge-Vorsatz. “Carbon lock-in: Types, causes, and policy implications.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources 41 (2016): 425-452. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-110615-085934
  • Journal Article
    Stokes, E. C. and K. C. Seto. “Climate change and urban land systems: bridging the gaps between urbanism and land science.” Journal of Land Use Science 11.6 (2016): 698-708. DOI: 10.1080/1747423X.2016.1241316
  • Journal Article
    Seto, K. C. and N. Ramankutty. “Hidden linkages between urbanization and food systems.” Science 352.6288 (2016): 943-945. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf7439
  • Journal Article
    Reba, M., F. Reitsma, and K. C. Seto. “Spatializing 6,000 years of global urbanization from 3700 BC to AD 2000.” Scientific Data 3 (2016): 160034. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2016.34
  • Journal Article
    Biermann, F., X. Bai, N. Bondre, W. Broadgate, C-T. A. Chen, O. P. Dube, J. W. Erisman, M. Glaser, S. van der Hel, M. C. Lemos, S. Seitzinger, and K. C. Seto. “Down to Earth: Contextualizing the Anthropocene.” Global Environmental Change 39 (2016): 341-350. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.11.004
  • Journal Article
    van Vliet, J., N. R. Magliocca, B. Buchner, E. Cook, J. M. R. Benayas, E. C. Ellis, A. Heinimann, E. Keys, T. M. Lee, J. Liu, O. Mertz, P. Meyfroidt, M. Moritz, C. Poeplau, B. E. Robinson, R. Seppelt, K. C. Seto, and P. H. Verburg. “Meta-studies in land use science: Current coverage and prospects.” Ambio 45.1 (2016): 15-28. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0699-8
  • Journal Article
    Shi, L. D., E. Chu, I. Anguelovski, A. Aylett, J. Debats, K. Goh, T. Schenk, K. C. Seto, D. Dodman, D. Roberts, J. T. Roberts, and S. D. VanDeveer. “Roadmap towards justice in urban climate adaptation research.” Nature Climate Change 6.2 (2016): 1310137. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2841
  • 2015

  • Journal Article
    Güneralp, B., A. S. Perlstein, and K. C. Seto. “Balancing urban growth and ecological conservation: A challenge for planning and governance in China.” Ambio 44.6 (2015): 532-543. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0625-0
  • Journal Article
    Creutzig, F., G. Baiocchi, R. Bierkandt, P.-P. Pichler, and K. C. Seto. “Global typology of urban energy use and potentials for an urbanization mitigation wedge.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112.20 (2015): 6283-6288. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1315545112
  • Journal Article
    Pandey, B. and K. C. Seto. “Urbanization and agricultural land loss in India: Comparing satellite estimates with census data.” Journal of Environmental Management 148 (2015): 53-66. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.05.014
  • Journal Article
    Liu, J., H. Mooney, V. Hull, S. J. Davis, J. Gaskell, T. Hertel, J. Lubchenco, K. C. Seto, P. Gleick, C. Kremen, and S. Li. “Systems integration for global sustainability.” Science 347.6225 (2015): 963+. DOI: 10.1126/science.1258832
  • Journal Article
    Solecki, W., K. C. Seto, D. Balk, A. Bigio, C. G. Boone, F. Creutzig, M. Fragkias, S. Lwasa, P. Marcotullio, P. Romero-Lankao, and T. Zwickel. “A conceptual framework for an urban areas typology to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation.” Urban Climate 14.1 (2015): 116-137. DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2015.07.001
  • Book Chapter
    Mitra, C., B. Pandy, N. B. Allen, and K. C. Seto. “Contemporary urbanization in India.” The Routledge Handbook on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Ed. K. C. Seto, W. D. Solecki, and C. A. Griffith. London: Routledge, 2015. Link
  • Edited Book
    Seto, K. C., W. D. Solecki, and C. A. Griffith. The Routledge Handbook on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Ed. K. C. Seto, W. D. Solecki, and C. A. Griffith. London: Routledge, 2015. Link
  • Book Chapter
    Murray, S., S. Brock, and K. C. Seto. “Urbanization, food consumption and the environment.” The Routledge Handbook on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Ed. K. C. Seto, W. D. Solecki, and C. A. Griffith. London: Routledge, 2015. Link
  • Journal Article
    Jiang, L., K. C. Seto, and J. Bai. “Urban economic development, changes in food consumption patterns and land requirements for food production in China.” China Agricultural Economic Review 7.2 (2015): 240-261. DOI: 10.1108/CAER-11-2013-0150
  • 2014

  • Journal Article
    Marcotullio, P. J., S. Hughes, A. Sarzynski, S. Pincetl, L. Sanchez Pena, P. Romero-Lankao, D. Runfola, and K. C. Seto. “Urbanization and the carbon cycle: Contributions from social science.” Earth's Future 2.10 (2014): 496-514. DOI: 10.1002/2014EF000257
  • Journal Article
    Zhang, Q., J. Wallace, X. Deng, and K. C. Seto. “Central versus local states: Which matters more in affecting China's urban growth?.” Land Use Policy 38 (2014): 487-496. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.12.015
  • Edited Book
    Seto, K. C. and A. Reenberg. Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era. Ed. K. C. Seto and A. Reenberg. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014. DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026901.001.0001
  • 2013

  • Edited Book
    Elmqvist, T., M. Fragkias, J. Goodness, B. Güneralp, P. J. Marcotullio, R. I. McDonald, S. Parnell, M. Schewenius, M. Sendstad, K. C. Seto, and C. Wilksinson. Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Ed. T. Elmqvist, M. Fragkias, J. Goodness, B. Güneralp, P. J. Marcotullio, R. I. McDonald, S. Parnell, M. Schewenius, M. Sendstad, K. C. Seto, and C. Wilkinson. Frankfurt: Springer Netherlands, 2013. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1
  • Journal Article
    Güneralp, B., K. C. Seto, and M. Ramachandran. “Evidence of urban land teleconnections and impacts on hinterlands.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5.5 (2013): 445-51. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2013.08.003
  • Journal Article
    Hacker, K. P., K. C. Seto, F. Costa, J. Corburn, M. G. Reis, A. I. Ko, and M. A. Duik-Wasser. “Urban slum structure: integrating socioeconomic and land cover data to model slum evolution in Salvador, Brazil.” International Journal of Health Geographics 12 (2013): 45. DOI: 10.1186/1476-072X-12-45
  • Journal Article
    Jiang, L., X. Deng, and K. C. Seto. “The impact of urban expansion on agricultural land use intensity in China.” Land Use Policy 35 (2013): 33-39. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.04.011
  • Journal Article
    Lobo, J., M. Fragkias, D. Strumsky, and K. C. Seto. “Does size matter? Scaling of CO2 emissions and U.S. urban areas.” PLoS ONE 8.6 (2013): e64727. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064727
  • Journal Article
    Zhang, Q. and K. C. Seto. “Can Night-Time Light Data Identify Typologies of Urbanization? A Global Assessment of Successes and Failures.” Remote Sensing 5.7 (2013): 3476-3494. DOI: 10.3390/rs5073476
  • Journal Article
    Solecki, W. D., K. C. Seto, and P. Marcotullio. “It’s time for an urbanization science.” Environment 55.1 (2013): 12-17. DOI: 10.1080/00139157.2013.748387
  • Journal Article
    Güneralp, B., and K. C. Seto. “Futures of global urban expansion: Uncertainties and implications for biodiversity conservation.” Environmental Research Letters 8.1 (2013): 014025. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/014025
  • Journal Article
    Srinivasan, V., K. C. Seto, R. Emerson, and S. M. Gorelick. “The impact of urbanization on water vulnerability: A coupled human-environment system approach for Chennai, India.” Global Environmental Change 23.1 (2013): 229-239. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.10.002
  • Journal Article
    Zhang, Q., C. Schaaf, and K. C. Seto. “The Vegetation Adjusted NTL Urban Index: A new approach to reduce saturation and increase variation in nighttime luminosity.” Remote Sensing of Environment 129 (2013): 32-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2012.10.022
  • Journal Article
    Pandey, B., P. K. Joshi, and K. C. Seto. “Monitoring urbanization dynamics in India using DMSP/OLS night time lights and SPOT-VGT data.” International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 23 (2013): 49-61. DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2012.11.005
  • Journal Article
    Frolking, S., T. Milliman, K. C. Seto, and M. A. Friedl. “A global fingerprint of macro-scale changes in urban structure from 1999 to 2009.” Environmental Research Letters 8.2 (2013): 024004. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024004
  • Book Chapter
    Fang, L-F., K. C. Seto, and S-L. Huang. “Climate Change, Urban Flood Vulnerability, and Responsibility in Taipei.” Urbanization and Sustainability: Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change. Ed. C. G. Boone and M. Fragkias. Heidelberg: Springer Dordrecht, 2013. 179-198. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5666-3_11
  • 2012

  • Journal Article
    Güneralp, B., M. K. Reilly, and K. C. Seto. “Capturing Multiscalar Feedbacks in Urban Land Change: A Coupled Systems Dynamics Spatial Logistic Approach.” Environment and Planning B 39.5 (2012): 858-879. DOI: doi:10.1068/b36151
  • Journal Article
    Seto, K. C., B. Güneralp, and L. R. Hutyra. “Global forecasts of urban expansion to 2030 and direct impacts on biodiversity and carbon pools.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109.40 (2012): 16083-16088. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1211658109
  • Journal Article
    Seto, K. C., A. Reenberg, C. G. Boone, M. Fragkias, D. Haase, T. Langanke, P. Marcotullio, D. K. Munroe, B. Olah, and D. Simon. “Urban land teleconnections and sustainability.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109.20 (2012): 7687-7692. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1117622109
  • Journal Article
    Güneralp, B. and K. C. Seto. “Can gains in efficiency offset the resource demands and CO2 emissions from constructing and operating the built environment?.” Applied Geography 32.1 (2012): 40-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2010.11.011
  • Journal Article
    Jiang, L., X. Deng, and K. C. Seto. “Multi-level modeling of urban expansion and cultivated land conversion for urban hotspot counties in China.” Landscape and Urban Planning 108.2-4 (2012): 131-139. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2012.08.008
  • Journal Article
    Seitzinger, S. P., U. Svedin, C. L. Crumley, W. Steffin, S. A. Abdullah, C. Alfsen, W. J. Broadgate, F. Biermann, N. R. Bondre, J. A. Dearing, L. Deutsch, S. Dhakal, T. Elmqvist, N. Farahbakhshazad, O. Gaffney, H. Haberl, S. Lavorel, C. Mbow, A. J. McMichael, J. M. F. Morais, P. Olsson, P. F. Pinho, K. C. Seto, P. Sinclair, M. Stafford Sinclair, and L. Sugar. “Planetary Stewardship in an Urbanizing World: Beyond City Limits.” Ambio 41.8 (2012): 787-794. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-012-0353-7
  • 2011

  • Journal Article
    Little, E., R. Barrera, K. C. Seto, and M. Diuk-Wasser. “Co-occurrence Patterns of the Dengue Vector Aedes aegypti and Aedes mediovitattus, a Dengue Competent Mosquito in Puerto Rico.” EcoHealth 8.3 (2011): 365-375. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-011-0708-8
  • Journal Article
    Zhang, Q. and K. C. Seto. “Mapping urbanization dynamics at regional and global scales using multi-temporal DMSP/OLS nighttime light data.” Remote Sensing of Environment 115.9 (2011): 2320-2329. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2011.04.032
  • Journal Article
    Seto, K. C. “Exploring the dynamics of migration to mega-delta cities in Asia and Africa: Contemporary drivers and future scenarios.” Global Environmental Change 21.I (2011): S94-S107. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.08.005
  • Journal Article
    Seto, K. C., M. Fragkias, B. Güneralp, and M. K. Reilly. “A Meta-Analysis of Global Urban Land Expansion.” PLoS ONE 6.8 (2011): e23777. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0023777
  • Book Chapter
    Seto, K. C. “Monitoring Urban Growth and Its Environmental Impacts Using Remote Sensing: Examples from China and India.” Global Urbanization. Ed. E. Birch and S. Wachter. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. 151-166. Link
  • 2010

  • Journal Article
    Seto, K. C., R. Sánchez-Rodríguez, and M. Fragkias. “The New Geography of Contemporary Urbanization and the Environment.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources 35 (2010): 167-194. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-100809-125336
  • 2009

  • Journal Article
    Seto, K. C. and J. M. Shepherd. “Global urban land-use trends and climate impacts.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 1.1 (2009): 89-95. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2009.07.012
  • Journal Article
    Fragkias, M. and K. C. Seto. “Evolving rank-size distributions of intra-metropolitan urban clusters in South China.” Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 33.3 (2009): 189-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2008.08.005
  • Book Chapter
    Seto, K. C. “Global Urban Issues: A Primer.” Global Mapping of Human Settlements: Experiences, Data Sets, and Prospects. Ed. P. Gamba and M. Herold. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2009. 3-10. Link
  • Book Chapter
    Boucher, A. and K. C. Seto. “Methods and Challenges for Using High-Temporal Resolution Data to Monitor Urban Growth.” Global Mapping of Human Settlements: Experiences, Data Sets, and Prospects. Ed. P. Gamba and M. Herold. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 2009. 339+. Link
  • Journal Article
    Reilly, M. K., M. P. O'Mara, and K. C. Seto. “From Bangalore to the Bay Area: Comparing transportation accessibility as a driver of urban growth.” Landscape and Urban Planning 92.1 (2009): 24-33. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2009.02.001
  • Book Chapter
    Seto, K. C., R. de Groot, S. Bringezu, K. Erb, T. E. Graedel, N. Ramankutty, A. Reenberg, O. J. Schmitz, and D. L. Skole. “Stocks, Flows, and Prospects of Land.” Linkages of Sustainability. Ed. T. E. Graedel and E. van der Voet. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009. 72-95. DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013581.003.0005
  • 2008

  • Journal Article
    Güneralp, B. and K. C. Seto. “Environmental impacts of urban growth from an integrated dynamic perspective: A case study of Shenzhen, South China.” Global Environmental Change 18.4 (2008): 720-735. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2008.07.004
  • Book Chapter
    Seto, K. C., D. Ojima, Q. Song, and A. Mosier. “Human drivers of change in the East Asian Monsoon System.” Changes in the Human-Monsoon System of East Asia in the Context of Global Change. Ed. C. Fun, J. R. Freney, and J. W. B. Stewart. Singapore: World Scientific, 2008. 335-347. Link
  • Journal Article
    Liu, W.G. and K. C. Seto. “Using the ART-MMAP Neural Network to Predict Urban Growth: A Spatio-Temporal Data Mining Approach.” Environment and Planning B 35.2 (2008): 296-317. DOI: doi:10.1068/b3312
  • 2007

  • Journal Article
    Seto, K. C. and M. Fragkias. “Mangrove conversion and aquaculture development in Vietnam: A remote sensing-based approach for evaluating the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.” Global Environmental Change 17.3-4 (2007): 486-500. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2007.03.001
  • Journal Article
    Fragkias, M. and K. C. Seto. “Modeling Urban Growth in Data-Sparse Environments: A New Approach.” Environment and Planning B 34.5 (2007): 858-883. DOI: doi:10.1068/b32132
  • Book Chapter
    Seto, K. C. “Urbanization in China: The Pearl River Delta Example.” Our Changing Planet: The View From Space. Ed. M. D. King, C. L. Parkinson, K. C. Partington, and R. G. Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 302-305. Link
  • Journal Article
    Kaufmann, R. K., K. C. Seto, A. Schneider, L. Zhou, Z. Liu, and W. Wang. “Climate Response to Rapid Urban Growth: Evidence of a Human-Induced Precipitation Deficit.” Journal of Climate 20.10 (2007): 2299-2306. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI4109.1
  • Book Chapter
    Seto, K. C., M. Fragkias, and A. Schneider. “20 Years After Reforms: Challenges to Planning and Development in China’s City-Regions and Opportunities for Remote Sensing.” Applied Remote Sensing for Urban Planning, Governance and Sustainability. Ed. M. Netzband, W. L. Stefanov, and C. Redman. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2007. 249-269. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-68009-3_11
  • Book Chapter
    Fragkias, M. and K. C. Seto. “Urban Land Use Change Models, Uncertainty, and Policymaking in Rapidly Growing Developing World Cities.” Land Use Change: Science, Policy and Management. Ed. R. J. Aspinall and M. J. Hill. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2007. 139-162. Link