Earth Observation data in sustainable urban science research

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Remote Sensing Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 22
Organizers: Tilottama Ghosh, Pranab Roy Chowdhury
Chairs: Pranab Roy Chowdhury

Call for Submissions

The world is undergoing rapid urbanization and it is now expected that about 68% of the world population would be living in urban areas by the year 2050. Such rapid growth poses several sustainability challenges related to ensuring environmental sustainability, resource management, and well-being of urban inhabitants. However, the efforts to address these issues have been severely thwarted by the lack of usable data at urban scales. Given that most of this projected urban growth is expected in the data starved regions around the world, alternative data sources and methods are urgently needed for research. Earth Observation (EO) geospatial datasets offer a much-needed avenue to pursue explorations into the aforementioned critical questions, which would also necessitate efficient methods to use such datasets to answer sustainable questions. The erstwhile DMSP-OLS nighttime lights data and newer VIIRS DNB data are prime examples of such applications, especially in studying urban population, economy, carbon emission etc. Similarly, open geospatial datasets have enabled research into urban mobility, urban inequality, location planning, disaster response; and city level open datasets are being used to monitor urban parameters while promoting open governance.

This session aims at highlighting recent research that uses Earth Observation (EO) data and employs novel methods to study urban sustainability, or develops new datasets and algorithms to address sustainability questions around, but not limited to, socio-economic, environmental, demographic, and cultural phenomena in the urban areas; urban governance and planning.

The organizers are presently inviting submissions for a special issue on the applications of geospatial data driven methods in sustainable urban research in International Journal of Geo-Information (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijgi). The papers presented in this session will have the option to undergo a peer-review process and will be published as expanded conference research papers. Thus, presenters are highly encouraged to submit their original manuscripts for publication in this special issue. Please see the details of the special issue here - https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijgi/special_issues/earth_observation_data.

To participate in the session please register for the AAG meeting and send the abstract and author PIN to organizers by November 18, 2020:

Organizers:

Pranab K. Roy Chowdhury University of Washington (pkrchow@uw.edu)

Tilottama Ghosh, Payne Institute for Public Policy, Earth Observation Group, Colorado School of Mines (tghosh@mines.edu)


Session sponsored by the following specialty groups:
1. Urban Geography
2. Remote Sensing
3. Geographic Information System and Science


Description

The world is undergoing rapid urbanization and it is now expected that about 68% of the world population would be living in urban areas by the year 2050. Such rapid growth poses several sustainability challenges related to ensuring environmental sustainability, resource management, and well-being of urban inhabitants. However, the efforts to address these issues have been severely thwarted by the lack of usable data at urban scales. Given that most of this projected urban growth is expected in the data starved regions around the world, alternative data sources and methods are urgently needed for research. Earth Observation (EO) geospatial datasets offer a much-needed avenue to pursue explorations into the aforementioned critical questions, which would also necessitate efficient methods to use such datasets to answer sustainable questions. The erstwhile DMSP-OLS nighttime lights data and newer VIIRS DNB data are prime examples of such applications, especially in studying urban population, economy, carbon emission etc. Similarly, open geospatial datasets have enabled research into urban mobility, urban inequality, location planning, disaster response; and city level open datasets are being used to monitor urban parameters while promoting open governance.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tilottama Ghosh*, Colorado School of Mines, Paul C Sutton, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Denver, Sharolyn J Anderson, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia, Using Building Volume Per Capita (BVPC) to assess spatial inequality in Denver and surrounding counties 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Dimitrios Gounaridis*, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, Joshua Newell, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, How thirty years of sprawl in southeast Michigan has affected farmland and forests 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Shrobona Karkun-Sen*, Temple University, Víctor Hugo Gutiérrez Vélez, Temple university, Utilizing Sentinel 1 and 2 data for researching high-density urban areas 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Gustavo Ovando-Montejo*, Utah State University, Gustavo Ovando, Utah State University, Amy Frazier, Arizona State University, Spatiotemporal analysis of urban expansion classes in the megacity of Mexico City: an approach using spatial metrics 15 2:15 PM
Presenter Gang Chen*, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Yindan Zhang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Very high-resolution urban land cover and land use mapping of U.S. cities 15 2:30 PM

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