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Since 1999 the IKONOS satellite has provided the highest resolution images currently available for public use. The satellite�s sensor can generate one-metre panchromatic and four-metre multispectral images with off-nadir viewing of up to 60º in any azimuth for a better revisit rate and stereo capabilities. The high-resolution imagery provided by IKONOS offers a wide range of applications for city planners.

This paper describes the generation of land cover/land use databases for the city of Belgrade in the framework of the MOLAND program of the European Commission. Visual interpretation of image data was used to derive the databases, a technique already applied successfully for the analysis of urban development of different cities. Among the image data sets, the newly available IKONOS images are of particular interest as they offer an excellent basis for image interpretation of urban areas. The final products of the project were four harmonised databases, representing the land use of the metropolitan area of Belgrade at four points in time. In combination with socio-economic data sets of the metropolitan the results will further be used by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission to identify urban and environmental indicators that will help in providing a synthetic assessment of urban and peri-urban landscapes. The development of scenarios of growth for urban and peri-urban areas is another application based on the combination of EO and non-spatial data. These scenarios can subsequently serve as major input to formulate and evaluate long-term strategy for sustainable urban development. .

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Authors: HOFFMAN C, GeoVille Information Systems GmbH, Innsbruck (AT);STEINNOCHER K, ARC Seibersdorf Research, Seibersdorf (AT);KASANKO M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);GRUBISIC R, Town Planning Institute of the City of Belgrade (YU)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: CORP2000 Organised by: Vienna University of Technology Held at: Vienna (AT), 27 February to 1 March 2002
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