Remote sensing as a tool for urban planning and sustainability

Maik Netzband, William L. Stefanov, Charles Redman

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In coming decades, the rapid increase of large cities in the developing world and the transformation of urban landscapes in the developed world will be among the greatest challenges to human welfare and a viable global environment. Although cities occupy only 5% of the Earth's terrestrial surface, they are home to almost half the global population, who consume 75% of the world's natural resources and generate an equivalent proportion of pollution and waste. The United Nations estimates that virtually all net population growth over the next 30 years will occur in cities, doubling their population. This anticipated population growth will transform urban landscapes, create undreamed-of challenges and opportunities for political and social institutions, and require an unprecedented investment in infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationApplied Remote Sensing for Urban Planning, Governance and Sustainability
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9783540255468
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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