Very High Spatial Resolution Imagery for Urban Applications

EarthzineArticles, Earth Observation, In-Depth, Original, Sections, Themed Articles, Urban Monitoring Theme

Figure showing comparison of QuickBird, WorldView-1, and WorldView-2 spectral bands.

Cropped satellite image of BeijingA commercial satellite called WorldView-2 is the latest from DigitalGlobe. It includes new spectral bands to support vegetation and coastal analysis. This provides the potential for more robust modeling and discrimination of spectral signatures, resulting in more accurate feature extraction and land cover classification.

Call for Papers – Urban Monitoring

EarthzineEarth Observation, Ecosystems Theme, Original, Themed Articles, Urban Monitoring Theme is soliciting articles of 800-3,000 words for its 3rd Quarter Theme Issue on Urban Monitoring. About half of the planet’s 6.6 billion people now live in urban areas, which occupy less than 3% of the land area. By the year 2025, the global population is expected to reach 8 billion, of which 5 billion are expected to reside in urban areas. Now is an opportune time to examine trends and developments in urban monitoring.