Remote sensing of night lights: A review and an outlook for the future

  title={Remote sensing of night lights: A review and an outlook for the future},
  author={Noam Levin and Christopher Conrad Maximillian Kyba and Qingling Zhang and Alejandro S{\'a}nchez de Miguel and Miguel O. Roman and Xi Li and Boris A. Portnov and Andrew L. Molthan and Andreas Jechow and Steven D. Miller and Zhuosen Wang and Ranjay M. Shrestha and Christopher D. Elvidge},
  journal={Remote Sensing of Environment},
  • N. Levin, C. Kyba, C. Elvidge
  • Published 1 February 2020
  • Environmental Science, Mathematics
  • Remote Sensing of Environment
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