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Integrating land use classification of remote sensing data and GIS for the control of urban growth in developing countries (2002)

Researcher:Faith Karanja, Peter Lohmann
Duration:1999 - 2002

Research Group: Thematic Image Analysis and Geo-Information

Background and Goal

Current and reliable geographical information on land use information is necessary for urban development planning. This is especially important in developing countries, where the growth of a town can be rapid and significant.
The aim in this project, is to extract land use data from remotely sensed data and GIS Information to facilitate land use negotiations

Task and Methodology

In Principle, urban land use in developing countries can be divided into three categories, namely; developed land (residential, industrial area, etc), transition land(open area, area under development) and reserved land (forest, water bodies, garden, parks, etc).
Automatic interpretation land use approaches exist, for instance unsupervised and supervised classification, as well as methods that employ GIS data. In this regard different methods and data resolution will be analysed and tested. Existing, historic and current data for a fast growing region, namely the EXPO 2000 region in Hannover will be employed in the first phase of the project.

Data to be investigated

Multispectral Data: SPOT, Landsat TM,
aerial photos.
Panchromatic Data: SPOT PAN, IRS-1C,
TK 25, DGK 5


Karanja F., Lohmann P. (2000): The Contribution of GIS and Remote Sensing in Urban Land use Negotiation in Developing Countries, IntArchPhRS XXXIII B7/2, 2000, S.646-653 | file |

Karanja, F.; Lohmann P. (2001): Monitoring the trend of unplanned developments in an urban area. Proceedings of the IEEE/ISPRS Joint Workshop on Remote Sensing and Data Fusion over Urban Areas, IEEE Piscataway, 2001, S.192-197 | file |

Karanja, F.; Lohmann P. (2001): Use of temporal knowledge in detecting unplanned developments in urban areas, Regensburger Geographische Schriften ,Heft 35, Remote Sensing of Urban Areas, 2001, S.119-128 | file |

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