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Remote Sensing for Sustainability

1st Edition

Edited by Qihao Weng

CRC Press

357 pages | 54 Color Illus. | 74 B/W Illus.

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Driven by the societal needs and improvement in sensor technology and image processing techniques, remote sensing has become an essential geospatial tool for understanding the Earth and managing Human-Earth interactions. Remote Sensing for Sustainability introduces the current state of the art remote sensing knowledge integral for monitoring the world’s natural resources and environments, managing exposure to natural disasters and man-made risks, and helping understand the sustainability and productivity of natural ecosystems.

Bridging the gap between remote sensing and sustainability science this book examines theories and methods as well as practical applications of sustainable development for cities using remote sensing; focuses on remote sensing methods and techniques for sustainable natural resources with emphasize on forests; answers questions on how and what the remote sensing methods and techniques can do for the sustainability of environmental systems; and examines the issues of energy use and sustainable energy sources using remote sensing technology in countries such as Germany, China, the U.S, drawing on case studies to demonstrate the applicability of remote sensing techniques.

This comprehensive guide, which can serve to professors, researchers, and students alike, takes in consideration the United Nations set of sustainable development goals and intends to contribute to the GEO’s Strategic Plan by addressing and exemplifying a number of societal benefit areas of remote sensing data sets, methods, and techniques for sustainable development.


"This excellent book presents the use of remote sensing in the context of sustainability and cities in areas such as land subsidence, grassland management, Tree Species, Forest Damage, Water Quality, Air Quality, Heat Hazards, Soil Moisture, Energy Supply and Use, Wind and Solar Energy Resources. Since urban growth affects earth systems, which are innately complex in space and time, continued innovative approaches will be needed to advance sustainable development for cities in the future; and the many authors here employ a variety of remote sensing technologies and analyses to advance our basic understandings for this overall endeavor. The book is extremely valuable for students, faculty, and basic and applied researchers in both remote sensing and sustainability. As the author of Chapter 1 (J. Trinder) says: ‘A great deal has yet to be learnt about these processes and how the full potential of remote sensing can be achieved in this very important issue of environmental sustainability of urban areas.’ The book goes a long way to advance this learning with its timely chapter offerings and a top rate author selection of scientists and practitioners."

—Anthony J. Brazel, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

Table of Contents



Remote Sensing for Sustainable Cities.

Extraction of Parameters from Remote Sensing Data for Environmental Indices for Urban

Sustainability. John C. Trinder

Earth Observation for Urban and Spatial Planning. Mattia Marconcini, Annekatrin Metz, Thomas Esch,

and Julian Zeidler

Assessment of Urban Growth in the Pearl River Delta, China, Using Time Series Landsat Imagery. Lei Zhang and Qihao Weng

InSAR Monitoring of Land Subsidence for Sustainable Urban Planning. Abduwasit Ghulam, Mark Grzovic, Maitiniyazi Maimaitijiang,and Mamat Sawut

A Tale of Two Cities: Urbanization in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, and Guiyang,

Guizhou, China. Honglin Xiao and Qihao Weng

Remote Sensing for Sustainable Natural Resources.

Role of Remote Sensing in Sustainable Grassland Management: A Review and Case Studies for a Mixed-Grass Prairie Ecosystem. Alexander Tong, Bing Lu, Yuhong He, and Xulin Guo

Classifying Tree Species Using Fine Spatial Resolution Imagery to Support the Conservation of an Endangered Bird Species in Hawaii. Qi Chen

Remote Sensing of Forest Damage by Diseases and Insects. Gang Chen and Ross K. Meentemeyer

Monitoring Water Quality with Remote Sensing Image Data. Bunkei Matsushita, Wei Yang, Lalu Muhamad Jaelani,Fajar Setiawan, and Takehiko Fukushima

Remote Sensing for Sustainable Environmental Systems.

Urban Air Quality Studies Using EO Data. Xuefei Hu

Heat Hazard Monitoring with Satellite-Derived Land Surface Temperature. Yitong Jiang and Qihao Weng

Remote Sensing Identification of Threshold Zones along a Mediterranean to Arid Climatic Gradient. Maxim Shoshany

Moisture Using Optical Remote Sensing and Ground Measurements: A Case Study from Pakistan. Mudassar Umar, Siraj Munir, Iftikhar Ali, Salman Qureshi, Claudia Notarnicola, Said Rahman, and Qihao Weng

Remote Sensing for Sustainable Energy.

Earth Observation and Its Potential to Implement a Sustainable Energy Supply—A German Perspective. Thomas Esch, Markus Tum, and Annekatrin Metz

Use of Nighttime Imaging Data to Assess Decadal Trends in Energy Use in China.

Yanhua Xie and Qihao Weng

Support of Wind Resource Modeling Using Earth Observation—A European Perspective on the Status and Future Options. Thomas Esch, Charlotte Bay Hasager, Paul Elsner, Janik Deutscher, Manuela Hirschmugl, Annekatrin Metz

Assessing Solar Energy Potential and Building Energy Use in Indianapolis Using Geospatial Techniques. Yuanfan Zheng and Qihao Weng


About the Editor

Dr. Qihao Weng is the director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Change and a professor of geography at Indiana State University, USA. In addition, he serves as editor-in-chief of ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and is the series editor for Taylor & Francis Series in Remote Sensing Applications. He received his PhD degree in geography from the University of Georgia in 1999. In the same year, he joined the University of Alabama as an assistant professor. Since 2001, he has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at Indiana State University, where he has taught courses on remote sensing, digital image processing, remote sensing–GIS integration, GIS, and environmental modeling. He has mentored 15 doctoral and 13 master students. Dr. Weng’s research focuses on remote sensing and GIS analysis of urban ecological and environmental systems, land-use and land-cover change, environmental modeling, urbanization impacts and sustainability, and human–environment interactions. He is the author of more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and other publications and 9 books. Dr. Weng has worked extensively with optical and thermal infrared remote sensing data, and more recently with LiDAR data, primarily for urban heat island study, land-cover and impervious surface mapping, urban growth detection, image analysis algorithms, and the integration with socioeconomic characteristics, with financial support from US funding agencies that include NSF, NASA, USGS, USAID, NOAA, the National Geographic Society, and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. From the American Association of Geographers (AAG), Dr. Weng has received the Outstanding Contributions Award in Remote Sensing in 2011 and the Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award in 2015 for his outstanding contributions to geography. In May 2008, he received a prestigious NASA senior fellowship. Dr. Weng is also the recipient of the Robert E. Altenhofen Memorial Scholarship Award by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (1999), the Best Student-Authored Paper Award by the International Geographic Information Foundation (1998), and the 2010 Erdas Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing by ASPRS (first place). At Indiana State, he received the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research Award in 2006 and was selected as a Lilly Foundation Faculty Fellow in 2005. Dr. Weng has given more than 90 invited talks (including keynote addresses, public speeches, colloquia, and seminars) and has presented more than 100 papers at professional conferences (including co-presenting). Dr. Weng is currently the coordinator for GEO’s GI-17, Global Urban Observation and Information Task (2016–2019). He has been the organizer and program committee chair of the biennial IEEE/ISPRS/GEO-sponsored International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications conference series since 2008. He previously held the following positions: national director of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (2007–2010), chair of AAG China Geography Specialty Group (2010–2011), secretary of the ISPRS Working Group VIII/1 (2004–2008), and panel member of US DOE’s Cool Roofs Roadmap and Strategy in 2010.

About the Series

Remote Sensing Applications Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems