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Remote Sensing in Environmental Justice Research - A Review

Weigand, Matthias and Wurm, Michael and Dech, Stefan and Taubenböck, Hannes (2019) Remote Sensing in Environmental Justice Research - A Review. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 8 (20), pp. 1-28. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/ijgi8010020. ISSN 2220-9964.

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Human health is known to be affected by the physical environment. Various environmental influences have been identified to benefit or challenge people's physical condition. Their heterogeneous distribution in space results in unequal burdens depending on the place of living. In addition, since societal groups tend to also show patterns of segregation, this leads to unequal exposures depending on social status. In this context, environmental justice research examines how certain social groups are more affected by such exposures. Yet, analyses of this per se spatial phenomenon are oftentimes criticized for using "essentially aspatial" data or methods which neglect local spatial patterns by aggregating environmental conditions over large areas. Recent technological and methodological developments in satellite remote sensing have proven to provide highly detailed information on environmental conditions. This narrative review therefore discusses known influences of the urban environment on human health and presents spatial data and applications for analyzing these influences. Furthermore, it is discussed how geographic data are used in general and in the interdisciplinary research field of environmental justice in particular. These considerations include the modifiable areal unit problem and ecological fallacy. In this review we argue that modern earth observation data can represent an important data source for research on environmental justice and health. Especially due to their high level of spatial detail and the provided large-area coverage, they allow for spatially continuous description of environmental characteristics. As a future perspective, ongoing earth observation missions, as well as processing architectures, ensure data availability and applicability of 'big earth data' for future environmental justice analyses.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/125833/
Document Type:Article
Title:Remote Sensing in Environmental Justice Research - A Review
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Weigand, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5553-4152UNSPECIFIED
Wurm, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5967-1894UNSPECIFIED
Taubenböck, HannesUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-9126UNSPECIFIED
Date:10 January 2019
Journal or Publication Title:ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1-28
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:satellite remote sensing, review, environmental justice, big earth data, urban environments
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote Sensing and Geo Research, R - Geoscientific remote sensing and GIS methods
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Leitungsbereich DFD
Deposited By: Weigand, Matthias
Deposited On:25 Jan 2019 14:51
Last Modified:31 Oct 2023 15:14

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