Validation of urban boundaries derived from global night-time satellite imagery

  title={Validation of urban boundaries derived from global night-time satellite imagery},
  author={Matthew Henderson and Emily T. Yeh and Peng Gong and Christopher D. Elvidge and Kimberly E. Baugh},
  journal={International Journal of Remote Sensing},
  pages={595 - 609}
  • M. HendersonE. Yeh K. Baugh
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Environmental Science, Mathematics
  • International Journal of Remote Sensing
Night-time imagery from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS) has been proposed as a useful tool for monitoring urban expansion around the world, but determining appropriate light thresholds for delineating cities remains a challenge. In this paper we present a new approach. We used DMSP stable lights and radiance-calibrated images to delimit urban boundaries for San Francisco, Beijing and Lhasa, cities with different levels of urbanization and… 

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  • M. Tan
  • Environmental Science, Mathematics
    IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing
  • 2017
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