The spectral dimension in urban remote sensing

M. Herold, D.A. Roberts

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Urban environments are characterized by different types of materials and land cover surfaces than found in natural landscapes. The analysis of remote sensing data has to consider these unique spectral characteristics. This chapter describes the spectral properties of urban areas, how different urban land cover types are spectrally discriminated, and which sensor configurations are most useful to map urban areas. We also show how new remote sensing technologies improve our capabilities to map urban areas in high spatial and thematic detail.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemote Sensing of Urban and Suburban Areas
EditorsT. Rashed, C. Juergens
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages352
ISBN (Print)9781402043710
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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