Image Processing Reference
Explore the different ways used to define the urbanness of places:
The World's Bank urban environmental indicators
The Human Settlements page on the website of International Institute for
Environment and Development http://www.iied.org/HS/index.html . Features
several discussions of and resources for the rural-urban divide and free access
to the international journal of Environment and Urbanization.
The Global Urban Indicator Program at the UN-HABITAT
Links to some regional and country-specific urban indicators programs:
Central and Eastern Europe
FRAGSTAT for landscape metrics
What do you understand about the terms “urban” and “self-sufficiency? How do
they connect to each other?
Use census data to plot the population of your own city or a city of your choice
over time. Identify and explain significant trends. Using two or more of remotely
sensed images of the same city, identify urbanization trends in the city and
whether they correspond to population trends. Use the procedures described in
Weeks et al ( 2005 ) and Rashed et al ( 2005 ) to develop an index of urbaness at
one or more points of time for your study city.
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Critchfield R (1994) The villagers: changed values, altered lives. Anchor Books, New York
Davis K (1972) World urbanization 1950-1970 vol(2): Analysis of trends, relationship, and
development. Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Firebaugh G (1979) Structural determinants of urbanization in Asia and Latin America, 1950-1970.
Am Sociol Rev 44:199-215
Herold M, Scepan J, Clarke KC (2002) The use of remote sensing and landscape metrics to
describe structures and changes in urban land uses. Environ Plann A 34:1443-1458