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Comparison of Eastern and Western Europe spatial development of cities based on Remote sensing data

Leśko, Leopold Michał (2013) Comparison of Eastern and Western Europe spatial development of cities based on Remote sensing data. Master's, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development - HNEE Applied University.

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Urbanization is one of the most dynamic processes in the context of global change. In this study the challenge is to find similarities and differences in spatial urban growth and its settlement patterns of cities located in Eastern and Western parts of Europe. The hypothesis of the research study is that the spatial dynamics and its respective settlement patterns show significant differences in cities having undergone the transformation process from a socialistic to a capitalistic phase in comparison to purely capitalistic ones. For this study nine different cities are chosen (four cities for each zone, West and East, plus one city including both parts according to the special historical situation – Berlin). Landsat satellite imagery enables a spatiotemporal analysis in four time steps for the years 1975, 1990, 2000 and 2010 with the corresponding time interval of about 10 years. Urban footprints as a crucial part of research are derived by object oriented classification techniques. Based on the classified urban patterns the dimensions of spatial growth are analyzed and compared in order to derive long-term trends and characteristics of cities under consideration. Beyond this, landscape metrics (e.g. Patch size) are applied for a quantitative analysis of the complex and various settlement patterns. Provided outcomes will be decisive while answering the following question: Is there any significant difference in the development of spatial patterns between Western and Eastern European cities? The study shows the diverse patterns of spatial urban development in Eastern and Western parts of Europe, as well as different magnitude of spatial growth of cities, especially due to the influence of socialistic and capitalistic systems.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/99904/
Document Type:Thesis (Master's)
Title:Comparison of Eastern and Western Europe spatial development of cities based on Remote sensing data
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Number of Pages:128
Keywords:Remote Sensing, Urban Sprawl, Landscape Metrics, Urbanization, Change Detection, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Capitalism, Socialism, Urban settlement patterns
Institution:Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development - HNEE Applied University
Department:Faculty of Forest and Environment
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 Zivile Kriseninformation und Georisiken (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Deposited By: Standfuß, Ines
Deposited On:01 Dec 2015 13:09
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:56

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