Tandem-X Mission - New Perspectives for the Inventory and Monitoring of Global Settlement Patterns
Esch, Thomas and Taubenböck, Hannes and Roth, Achim and Heldens, Wieke and Felbier, Andreas and Thiel, Michael and Schmidt, Martin and Müller, Andreas and Dech, Stefan (2012) Tandem-X Mission - New Perspectives for the Inventory and Monitoring of Global Settlement Patterns. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 6 (1), pp. 1-21. DOI: 10.1117/1.JRS.6.061702. ISSN 1931-3195.
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TanDEM-X (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement) is a German earth observa-tion mission collecting a total of two global coverages of very high resolution (VHR) synthetic ap-erture radar (SAR) X-band data with a spatial resolution of around three meters in the years 2011 and 2012. Therewith, the TanDEM-X mission (TDM) will provide a unique data set, which is com-plementary to existing global coverages based on medium (MR) or high resolution (HR) optical im-agery. This paper explores and demonstrates the capabilities of the TDM in terms of supporting the analysis and monitoring of global human settlement patterns. The basic methodology for a fully-operational detection and delineation of built-up areas from VHR SAR data is presented along with a description of the resulting geo-information product – the Urban Footprint (UF) mask – and the operational processing environment for the UF production. Moreover, potential follow-on analyses based on the intermediate products generated in the context of the UF analysis are introduced and discussed. The results of the study indicate the high potential of the TDM with respect to an analy-sis of urbanization patterns, peri-urbanization, spatio-temporal dynamics of settlement development as well as population estimation, vulnerability assessment and modeling of global change.
|Title:||Tandem-X Mission - New Perspectives for the Inventory and Monitoring of Global Settlement Patterns|
|Date:||04 October 2012|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Applied Remote Sensing|
|In Open Access:||Yes|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 1-21|
|Series Name:||JARS Special Issue on Advances in Remote Sensing for Monitoring Global Environmental Changesâ|
|Keywords:||Urbanization, TanDEM-X, Global mapping, Settlement patterns, Automation|
|HGF - Research field:||Aeronautics, Space and Transport|
|HGF - Program:||Raumfahrt|
|HGF - Program Themes:||Earth Observation|
|DLR - Research area:||Raumfahrt|
|DLR - Program:||R EO - Erdbeobachtung|
|DLR - Research theme (Project):||R - Vorhaben Prozesse der Landoberfläche (old)|
|Institutes and Institutions:||German Remote Sensing Data Center|
|Deposited By:||Dr.rer.nat. Thomas Esch|
|Deposited On:||05 Nov 2012 13:49|
|Last Modified:||31 Jul 2013 13:11|
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