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The Human Influence Experiment (Part 2): Guidelines for Improved Mapping of Local Climate Zones Using a Supervised Classification

Department of Environment, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability, University of Hamburg, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
Institute of Geography, University of Augsburg, 86159 Augsburg, Germany
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
Meteorology and Air Quality Section, Wageningen University, 6708 Wageningen, The Netherlands
Institute of Ecology, Technische Universität Berlin, 12165 Berlin, Germany
Université de Lorraine, LERMaB, 88000 Epinal, France
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Urban Sci. 2019, 3(1), 27;
Received: 18 December 2018 / Revised: 15 February 2019 / Accepted: 19 February 2019 / Published: 28 February 2019
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Since 2012, Local Climate Zones (LCZ) have been used for numerous studies related to urban environment. In 2015, this use amplified because a method to map urban areas in LCZs was introduced by the World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT). However in 2017, the first HUMan INfluence EXperiment showed that these maps often have poor or low quality. Since the maps are used in different applications such as urban modelling and land use/land cover change studies, it is of the utmost importance to improve mapping accuracies and a second experiment was launched. In HUMINEX 2.0, the focus lies on providing guidelines on the use of the mapping protocol based on the results of both HUMINEX 1.0 and 2.0. The results showed that: (1) it is important to follow the mapping protocol as strictly as possible, (2) a reasonable amount of time should be spent on the mapping procedure, (3) all users should perform a driving test, and (4) training area sets should be stored in the WUDAPT database for other users. View Full-Text
Keywords: WUDAPT; crowdsourcing; classification; experimental setup WUDAPT; crowdsourcing; classification; experimental setup

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Verdonck, M.-L.; Demuzere, M.; Bechtel, B.; Beck, C.; Brousse, O.; Droste, A.; Fenner, D.; Leconte, F.; Van Coillie, F. The Human Influence Experiment (Part 2): Guidelines for Improved Mapping of Local Climate Zones Using a Supervised Classification. Urban Sci. 2019, 3, 27.

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