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Earth Observation for Sustainable Urban Planning in Developing Countries: Needs, Trends, and Future Directions

Musakwa, Walter ; van Niekerk, Adriaan

Journal of Planning Literature, May 2015, Vol.30(2), pp.149-160 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Earth Observation for Sustainable Urban Planning in Developing Countries: Needs, Trends, and Future Directions
  • Autor: Musakwa, Walter ; van Niekerk, Adriaan
  • Assuntos: Earth Observation (EO) ; Urban Planning ; Sustainable Urban Development ; Rapid Urbanization ; Sociology & Social History ; Economics
  • É parte de: Journal of Planning Literature, May 2015, Vol.30(2), pp.149-160
  • Descrição: Cities are constantly changing and authorities face immense challenges in obtaining accurate and timely data to effectively manage urban areas. This is particularly problematic in the developing world where municipal records are often unavailable or not updated. Spaceborne earth observation (EO) has great potential for providing up-to-date spatial information about urban areas. This article reviews the application of EO for supporting urban planning. In particular, the article overviews case studies where EO was used to derive products and indicators required by urban planners. The review concludes that EO has sufficiently matured in recent years but that a shift from the current focus on purely science-driven EO applications to the provision of useful information for day-to-day decision-making and urban sustainability monitoring is clearly needed. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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