Circular visualization of China's internal migration flows 2010-2015

Wei Qi, Guy Abel, Raya Muttarak, Shenghe Liu

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


We adapted the chord diagram plot to visualize China's recent inter-provincial migration during
2010-2015. The arrowheads were added to present the direction of the flows. This method
allows us to show the complete migration flows between 31 provinces in China including the
direction and volume of the flows. The spatial component was also clearly depicted in the plot
using four color palates representing four regions in China (i.e. East, Center, West, Northeast)
and arranging the 31 provinces in an approximate geographic order. Besides that, we extend the
chord diagram plot to describe China's bilateral net migration during 2010-2015.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2432-2436
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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