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Global Urban Growth Monitoring by Means of SAR data

Marconcini, Mattia and Metz, Annekatrin and Esch, Thomas and Zeidler, Julian (2014) Global Urban Growth Monitoring by Means of SAR data. IGARSS 2014, 13-18 Jul 2014, Quebec.

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In the last few decades, the increasing amount of people migrating to cities resulted in the steady spatial expansion of urban agglomerations and nowadays more than half of the world’s population currently consists of urban dwellers. Accordingly, several initiatives have been recently carried out to globally monitor the actual extent of urban areas by means of Earth observation (EO) data. In this framework, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has recently produced a global map of built-up areas at the unique spatial resolution of 12m, namely the Global Urban Footprint (GUF). Specifically, the GUF is derived from very high resolution (VHR) SAR imagery acquired in the context of the TanDEM-X radar mission between 2011 and 2013. In order to map urban growth occurred in the last two decades, in this paper we adapt the approach for producing the GUF to archived ESA ERS SAR and Envisat ASAR Image Mode imagery available at 30m spatial resolution from 1991 to 2012. Preliminary experimental results assess the effectiveness of the proposed method and its potential to be employed for monitoring urban growth worldwide.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/90606/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Global Urban Growth Monitoring by Means of SAR data
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Marconcini, MattiaMattia.Marconcini (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Metz, AnnekatrinAnnekatrin.Metz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Esch, ThomasThomas.Esch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zeidler, Julianjulian.zeidler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:15 July 2014
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Urban Growth, ERS-1/2 SAR, Envisat ASAR, Global Urban Footprint
Event Title:IGARSS 2014
Event Location:Quebec
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13-18 Jul 2014
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:06 Nov 2014 10:27
Last Modified:06 Nov 2014 10:27

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