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Remote Sensing of Urbanization, Urban Climate, and Environment II

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, Soe Myint
Chairs: Chuyuan Wang


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 Dimitrios Gounaridis*, University of Michigan, Joshua Peter Newell, University of Michigan, How thirty years of sprawl in southeast Michigan has affected farmland and forests 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Elaf Alyasiri*, , Urban Sprawl and Urban Morphology Change 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Kevin Haynes*, Western Michigan University, The Urban Morphology of Hyderabad, India: A Historical Geographic Analysis 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Lynn Abdouni*, College of Environment and Design, Remote Sensing + Design: Visualizing the Informal Urban in Beqaa, Lebanon. 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Shengyuan Zou*, University At Buffalo, SUNY, Le Wang, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Individual Vacant House Detection using Google Street View Imagery and Deep Learning 15 12:00 AM

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