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The nighttime light data records artificial light on the Earth's surface and can be used to estimate the spatial distribution of the gross domestic product (GDP) and the electric power consumption (EPC). In early 2013, the first global NPP-VIIRS nighttime light data were released by the Earth Observation Group of National Oceanic and Atmospheric(More)
As an important component of urban vegetation, street trees play an important role in maintenance of environmental quality, aesthetic beauty of urban landscape, and social service for inhabitants. Acquiring accurate and up-to-date inventory information for street trees is required for urban horticultural planning, and municipal urban forest management. This(More)
Urban areas of interest (AOI) refer to the regions within an urban environment that attract people's attention. Such areas often have high exposure to the general public, and receive a large number of visits. As a result, urban AOI can reveal useful information for city planners, transportation analysts, and location-based service providers to plan new(More)
—The effective representation of thematic data in 3D GIS can not only visualize tabular data intuitively in 3D environment, but also enable users to analyze thematic data directly on 3D GIS platform, thereby facilitating the decision making process. This paper proposes a method for representing thematic data in 3D GIS. Three steps are included in the(More)
Three-dimensional (3D) GIS is gaining more and more acceptance among both scientists and the general public. Though powerful in data visualization, 3D GIS is comparatively weak in geospatial analysis. In order to enhance 3D GIS's analysis capability, we present an approach for integrating geospatial processing services into 3D GIS. The architecture of our(More)
Greenhouse gas data collected by different institutions throughout the world have significant scientific values for global climate change studies. Due to the diversity of data formats and different specifications of data access interfaces, most of those data should be first downloaded onto a local machine before they can be used. To overcome this(More)
As a type of renewable and clean energy, solar energy is highly emphasized for its advantages in avoiding environmental pollution and realizing the sustainable development of natural resources. Rooftops of buildings are feasible options to utilize solar energy in urban area. This paper presents an object-based method to locate the appropriate sites for(More)
This paper presents a collaborative 3D GIS to support public participation. Realizing that public-involved decision making is often a multi-stage process, the proposed system is designed to provide coherent support for collaborations in the different stages. We differentiate ubiquitous participation and intensive participation, and identify their suitable(More)
Solar energy, as a clean and renewable resource is becoming increasingly important in the global context of climate change and energy crisis. Utilization of solar energy in urban areas is of great importance in urban energy planning, environmental conservation, and sustainable development. However, available spaces for solar panel installation in cities are(More)