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Land 2014, 3(1), 148-166; https://doi.org/10.3390/land3010148

Mapping Urban Transitions Using Multi-Temporal Landsat and DMSP-OLS Night-Time Lights Imagery of the Red River Delta in Vietnam

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East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848, USA
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Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaii, 1901 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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International Development, Community and Environment, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610, USA
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Received: 3 November 2013 / Revised: 16 January 2014 / Accepted: 27 January 2014 / Published: 12 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue A New Urbanization Land Change Continuum)
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The urban transition that has emerged over the past quarter century poses new challenges for mapping land cover/land use change (LCLUC). The growing archives of imagery from various earth-observing satellites have stimulated the development of innovative methods for change detection in long-term time series. We tested two different multi-temporal remote sensing datasets and techniques for mapping the urban transition. Using the Red River Delta of Vietnam as a case study, we compared supervised classification of dense time stacks of Landsat data with trend analyses of an annual series of night-time lights (NTL) data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-Operational Linescan System (DMSP-OLS). The results of each method were corroborated through qualitative and quantitative GIS analyses. We found that these two approaches can be used synergistically, combining the advantages of each to provide a fuller understanding of the urban transition at different spatial scales. View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-temporal remote sensing; Landsat; DMSP-OLS night-time lights; land-cover/land-use change; urban transition; Vietnam multi-temporal remote sensing; Landsat; DMSP-OLS night-time lights; land-cover/land-use change; urban transition; Vietnam
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Castrence, M.; Nong, D.H.; Tran, C.C.; Young, L.; Fox, J. Mapping Urban Transitions Using Multi-Temporal Landsat and DMSP-OLS Night-Time Lights Imagery of the Red River Delta in Vietnam. Land 2014, 3, 148-166.

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