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Urban Sci., Volume 2, Issue 4 (December 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The use of night satellite images allows us to observe the intensity of the urban uses of space. [...] Read more. The use of night satellite images allows us to observe the intensity of the urban uses of space. This makes it possible to overcome the traditional analysis of the urbanization process based only on the level of artificialization of land cover. The cover image, from the new NASA SNPP satellite equipped with the VIIRS-DNB instrument, shows the nighttime image of the Iberian Mediterranean coast (Catalonia, Valencia, and the Balearic Islands). It is an area that has experienced intense urbanizing pressure in recent decades, and is becoming one of the main urban areas in Southern Europe. The article studies the potentialities of night satellite images in this region to assess the intensity of urban uses and its seasonal variations throughout the year. (Image: Earth Observation Group, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)). View this paper.