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Chapter 12
Characterization and Monitoring of Urban/
Peri-urban Ecological Function and Landscape
Structure Using Satellite Data
William L. Stefanov and Maik Netzband
This chapter utilizes a case study from Phoenix, Arizona to examine the relationships
between ecological variables and landscape structure in cities. The relationships are
assessed using ASTER and MODIS data; and through the techniques of expert
system land cover classification and grid-based landscape metric analysis.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:
Describe the unique characteristics of ASTER and MODIS and
how they differ from other satellite observation data
Explain the role of expert classification systems and how they can
be used in urban land cover classification
Speculate on the use of landscape metrics with remotely sensed
data and their application to urban ecosystems, in terms of both
structure and function
W.L. Stefanov ( * )
Image Science & Analysis Laboratory/ESCG, Code KX, NASA Johnson Space Center,
Houston, TX 77058, USA
M. Netzband
Geography Department, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Universitätsstraße 150,
44801 Bochum, Germany
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