Image Processing Reference
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Chapter 5
The Spatial and Temporal Nature of Urban
Richard Sliuzas, Monika Kuffer, and Ian Masser
The purpose of this chapter is to examine, from an application perspective, the utility
of remote sensing to collect data on urban and suburban areas for Urban Planning and
Management (UPM). Specifically, the chapter discusses the use of remote sensing at
two different spatial levels, the information needs with respect to monitoring planned
and unplanned development, and the optimal spatial and temporal requirements for
images used in this regard.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:
State the spatial and temporal nature of different types of urban
objects and attributes
Describe the relationship between the characteristics of urban
objects and attributes
Explain how to select the image source with the most appropriate
spatial and temporal properties for the acquisition of specific
kinds of urban data
Urban Planning and Management (UPM) is a professional domain that seeks to
guide, coordinate and regulate urban development processes. It entails activities in
which spatial data plays a vital role. UPM processes typically operate at two different
R. Sliuzas ( * ) and M. Kuffer
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente,
Hengelosestraat 99, Enschede 7514 AE, The Netherlands
I. Masser
Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place,
London, WC1E 7HB, UK
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