Cities and towns are the original producers of many of the global environmental problems related to waste disposal, and air and water pollution. There is a rapidly growing need for technologies that will enable monitoring of the world’s natural resources and urban assets, and managing exposure to natural and man-made risks. The Group on Earth Observation (GEO) calls for strengthening the cooperation and coordination among global observing systems and research programs. Global Urban Monitoring and Assessment through Earth Observation introduces this important international collaborative effort, reviews the current state of global urban remote sensing, and expands on future directions in the field.
The book reviews the current state of global urban monitoring, assessment, modeling, and prediction through Earth observation and related technologies. It then introduces GEO’s important international collaborative effort—Global Urban Observation and Information Task—and the current state of global urban remote sensing and future directions. It explores groundbreaking work in urban remote sensing and examines how it could contribute to the development of innovative concepts and techniques for sustainable urban development.
Despite significant progress in recent years, there remain substantial gaps in ongoing national, regional, and global efforts to address environmental challenges. Edited by a well-known expert in the field of remote sensing, GIS, and other geospatial technologies, this book addresses the gaps in an effective and long-term manner, highlighting the importance of increased coordination and networking among major stakeholders and of working together with other key international mechanisms. Drawing on the expertise of pioneers in the field from across the globe, the book details emerging research in the theory, methods, and techniques of urban remote sensing that provide insight into how to solve the major issues of sustainable devel
Table of Contents
Global Urban Observation: Needs and Requirements. Global Urban Footprint: Products and Datasets. Global Urban Morphological Database and Urban Climate Modeling. Linking EO Data Products with Ancillary Data. Concepts and Techniques for Effective Urban Sensing and Sustainability.
Qihao Weng is the Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Change and a tenured Full Professor at the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Indiana State University, USA.
"… covers a wide themes on global urban remote sensing, e.g. the needs and requirements of global urban observation and assessment, international efforts in mapping global urban footprint, progresses in developing global morphological database and urban climate modeling, case studies of urban analyses as well as innovative concepts and techniques in urban remote sensing. The book also provides some new insights into the gaps, needs, and trends in urban remote sensing at the global level. … an excellent reference book for students, researchers, and professors in the remote sensing, urban studies and relevant fields, and for professionals and decision-makers in the government, industry, and commercial sectors. It will also be suitable as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in remote sensing, urban, environment and global change."
—Peijun Li, School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, China
"… an excellent resource for global urban monitoring and provides up-to-date developments in the field of urban remote sensing. It also advances integrated urban sensing by incorporating ‘big data’."
—Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing Journal, September 2015
"Global Urban Monitoring and Assessment through Earth Observation gives a good overview of urban remote sensing in a global context. The book can be recommended to advanced and specialized master students as well as researcher, who focus on urban remote sensing and wish to embed their own work in a global setting. Academic libraries that do not already have the full suite of edited books on urban remote sensing may also consider adding this book to their corpus."
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, January 2016