Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Adam J. Mathews

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Emerson

Third Advisor

Dr. Gregory Veeck

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Nathan Tabor


South Asia, urban morphology, remote sensing, India, Hyderabad

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Hyderabad, India has undergone tremendous change over the last three centuries. The study seeks to understand how and why Hyderabad transitioned from a north-south urban morphological directional pattern to east-west during from 1687 to 2019. Satellite-based remote sensing will be used to measure the extent and land classifications of the city throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century using a geographic information science and historical-geographic approach. This approach provides the basis for a structured archival historical-geographic analysis. Focusing on Hyderabad, India from 1687 to 2019, the objectives of this research are to: (1) delineate and quantify the geographic extent of built-up urban area using scanned historical maps and remotely sensed imagery; and (2) evaluate spatial patterns of change in urban area extent and form. Results indicate that historical factors such as the initial Qutb Shahi urban design, industrialization, the 1908 flood, early twentieth century pandemics, and globalization have shaped the extent and spatial patterns of Hyderabad urban form over time.