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A Conceptual List of Indicators for Urban Planning and Management Based on Earth Observation

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Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, Foundation for Research and Technology—Hellas, 100 N. Plastira, Vassilika Vouton, GR 70013, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Insitute for Meteorology, Climatology and Remote Sensing, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 27, 4056 Basel, Switzerland
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Division Socio-Economic Planning Group, GRAD—Inform Ltd., 35 Scherbaneva Str., 644024 Omsk, Russia
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GARD Ltd., Mifratz Shlomo 2, 58498 Holon, Israel
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Kuzgun Bilisim Ltd., ODTU Kosgeb Teknoloji Gelistirme Merkezi SEM-2 No: A6 06531, Ankara, Turkey
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German Aerospace Center (DLR)—DLR-DFD Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(3), 980-1002; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi3030980
Received: 23 December 2013 / Revised: 4 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 21 July 2014
Sustainable development is a key component in urban studies. Earth Observation (EO) can play a valuable role in sustainable urban development and planning, since it represents a powerful data source with the potential to provide a number of relevant urban sustainability indicators. To this end, in this paper we propose a conceptual list of EO-based indicators capable of supporting urban planning and management. Three cities with different typologies, namely Basel, Switzerland; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Tyumen, Russia were selected as case studies. The EO-based indicators are defined to effectively record the physical properties of the urban environment in a diverse range of environmental sectors such as energy efficiency, air pollution and public health, water, transportation and vulnerability to hazards. The results assess the potential of EO to support the development of a set of urban environmental indicators towards sustainable urban planning and management. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban indicators; urban planning; Earth Observation; climate change urban indicators; urban planning; Earth Observation; climate change
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Chrysoulakis, N.; Feigenwinter, C.; Triantakonstantis, D.; Penyevskiy, I.; Tal, A.; Parlow, E.; Fleishman, G.; Düzgün, S.; Esch, T.; Marconcini, M. A Conceptual List of Indicators for Urban Planning and Management Based on Earth Observation. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3, 980-1002.

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