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Remote Sensing of Urbanization, Urban Climate, and Environment I

Type: Paper
Theme: The Changing North American Continent
Sponsor Groups: Remote Sensing Specialty Group, Applied Geography Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Organizers: Chuyuan Wang, Asif Ishtiaque, Soe Myint


Urbanization and urban expansion feature conversions from natural terrain and agricultural land to built-up environment that has taken place ubiquitously worldwide at an increasing rate to meet the ever-increasing demand of rapid urban population growth. Associated with the use of construction and building materials, urbanization modifies surface energy balance and hydrological cycle, leading to significant impacts on local and regional climate and environment. These changes have constituted serious environmental and climate challenges for the 21st century that require both new analytic approaches and new sources of data and information.

Remote sensing technology offers great opportunities to acquire continuous Earth’s surface observations without having direct physical contact with the surface. Publicly accessible remotely sensed data have been available for decades. Increasing availability of remotely sensed data and a variety of geospatial analysis tools have facilitated the development of new approaches for understanding the changing urban environment and climate. It also offers tremendous potentials to perform long-term spatio-temporal analysis for the changing urban landscape and to evaluate the impacts on urban climate and environmental conditions. In many cases, monitoring and measuring the changing urban environment using remotely sensed data can be more straightforward, convenient, and efficient than using traditional sources of governmental and private sector data and in situ ground measurements. Remote sensing can also provide fundamental observations for urban areas in developing countries where other data sources are not readily available.

This paper session is focused on the changing urban landscape, urban ecosystems, urban climate and urban environmental conditions using advanced remote sensing and geospatial analytics. Potential topics include, but not limited to:
1) Remote sensing applications in urbanization processes and urban expansion;
2) Remote sensing applications in urban socio-ecological issues;
3) Time-series and spatio-temporal analysis of urban climate and environmental change using remote sensing;
4) Impacts of urbanization processes on urban climate and environmental conditions;
5) Remote sensing applications in assessing urban water resources, green spaces, and the built environment.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tomohiro Oda*, Universities Space Research Association, Columbia, MD, USA/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA, Miguel O. Roman, Universities Space Research Association, Columbia, MD, USA, Ranjay Shrestha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA/Science Systems and Applications Inc, Greenbelt, MD, USA, Zhuosen Wang , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA/University of Maryland, College Park, MD, US, Rostyslav Bun , Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, Ukraine/WSB University, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland, Thomas Lauvaux , Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, Gif sur Yivette, France, Sha Feng , Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA , Andrew Schuh , Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA, Andrea Gaughan , University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA, Forrest Stevens , University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA, Alessandro Sorichetta, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, Shamil Maksyutov, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan , Lesley E. Ott , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA, Steven Pawson , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA, Mapping carbon dioxide emissions from global cities using nightlight lights observed from Space 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Hua Liu*, Old Dominion University, Yuhao Wu, Troy University, Jason Lee, Old Dominion University, Evaluation of quality of life in Hampton Roads, Virginia by integrating urban environmental conditions and survey results 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Yingbin Deng*, Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Detailed classification of impervious surface in urban environment 15 12:00 AM

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