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Unsupervised high-resolution global monitoring of urban settlements

Marconcini, Mattia and Esch, Thomas and Felbier, Andreas and Heldens, Wieke (2013) Unsupervised high-resolution global monitoring of urban settlements. IGARSS 2013, 21-26 Jul 2013, Melbourne, Australia.

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The TanDEM-X (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement, TDM) German mission collects two global data sets of very high resolution (VHR) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery between 2011 and 2013. With a spatial resolution of ~3 m, these images provide a unique data source for the delineation of built-up areas in a spatial detail that could not be addressed so far by currently existing global human settlements layers (GHSL). In this paper we present a novel unsupervised procedure that automatically detects built-up areas from TDM data at the unprecedented spatial resolution of 0.4 arcsec (~12 m). The proposed technique is being used to generate a world-wide inventory of human settlements referred to as Global Urban Footprint (GUF), which is also intended to be publicly provided at a spatial resolution of ~3.0 arcsec (i.e., ~50-75m).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/83358/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Unsupervised high-resolution global monitoring of urban settlements
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Marconcini, MattiaMattia.Marconcini (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Esch, ThomasThomas.Esch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Felbier, Andreasandreas.felbier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Heldens, WiekeWieke.Heldens (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:July 2013
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-4
Keywords:Urbanization, Settlements pattern, Global mapping, TanDEM-X, TerraSAR-X
Event Title:IGARSS 2013
Event Location:Melbourne, Australia
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:21-26 Jul 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Marconcini, Mattia
Deposited On:17 Jul 2013 13:38
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 22:08

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