Workshop on Urban Remote Sensing

Presenter:Xiaojun Yang

Over the past several decades, world-wide cities have experienced rapid growth in both human population and physical size. Urban growth has often been viewed as a sign of the vitality of a regional economy, but it has rarely been well planned, thus creating numerous environmental problems such as accumulation of waste, air pollution, shortage of portable water, traffic congestion, loss of valuable farmland and green spaces, and among others.  These have cumulatively placed an enormous burden on organizations responsible for the planning and management of urban areas.

Effective polices and plans must be designed and implemented to manage resources and provide services in these rapidly changing environments.  This, in turn, requires accurate information bases and robust analytical technologies.  Remote sensing, given its cost-effectiveness and technological soundness, has been used increasingly to develop useful sources of information and to support decision making for a wide array of urban applications.  However, the urban environment, because of its complex and highly dynamic landscape, is challenging the applicability and robustness of these methods and technologies. Encouragingly, recent innovations in data, technologies, and theories in the wider arena of remote sensing and related spatial information technology have provided scientists with invaluable insights into the study of the urban environment.

This workshop will review the concepts, methods, and major research areas in urban remote sensing.  Specifically, the workshop will consist of three major modules:
Module 1: Define the concept of urban remote sensing and review the major remote sensing systems that are particularly relevant for urban studies (Powerpoint lecture for approximately 1.5 hours)
Module 2: Review the major areas of urban remote sensing research: monitoring, synthesis, and modeling in the urban environment (Powerpoint lecture for approximately 2.5 hours)
Module 3: An ArcGIS-based lab session dedicating to a case study on the Atlanta metropolitan area: Integrating remote sensing, GIS and dynamic modeling for sustainable urban growth management (2 hours)


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The Second Nordic Summer School in Geographic Information Science
11 - 15 June 2007 • Gävle • Sweden