Introduction

Authored by: Hongsheng Zhang , Hui Lin , Yuanzhi Zhang , Qihao Weng

Remote Sensing of Impervious Surfaces

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  September  2015

Print ISBN: 9781482254839
eBook ISBN: 9781482254860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b18836-2

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Abstract

Dramatic urbanization processes have occurred in many regions around the world and thus have created a number of metropolises, especially in tropical and subtropical regions. One of the most important implications of this occurrence is that a large portion of impervious surface is the result of this rapid urbanization process. Impervious surfaces have been widely recognized as the most important land cover type in urban areas, and they serve as a key environmental indicator of many environmental issues such as urban flooding, urban climate, water pollution, and air pollution (Arnold and Gibbons 1996; Hu and Weng 2011). Moreover, impervious surfaces are also reported to be a significant factor in many socioeconomic studies, including urban growth, estimation of population distribution, and variation of housing prices (Wu and Murray 2003; Wu and Yuan 2007; Yang et al. 2003a; Yu and Wu 2004).

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