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In September 1999 the IKONOS satellite was successfully launched providing 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 60° 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 and the Shanghai Metropolitan Region based on high and very high resolution satellite data. The projects were carried out according to the MOLAND methodology of the European Commission that investigates the growth of urban agglomerations. For the Shanghai study the method had to be adopted to meet the requirements of Asian cities. Visual interpretation of image data was used to derive the databases. The implementation of all data sets in a Geographical Information System (GIS) allowed correlating the derived landcover/land use information with statistical data linked to administrative units.

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Authors: HOFFMAN C, GeoVille Information Systems, Innsbruck (AT);PETRINI-MONTEFERRI F, GeoVille Information Systems, Innsbruck (AT);STEINNOCHER K, ARC Seibersdorf Research, Seibersdorf (AT);KASANKO M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral paper given at: The Sustainable City 2002 Organised by: Wessex Institute of Technology Held at: Segovia, 3- 5 July 2002
Availability: The conference papers are published by WIT Press, Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst, Southampton, SO40 7AA, UK Tel: +44 (0) 238 029 3223 Fax: +44 (0) 238 029 2853 E-Mail: URL:
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