Author: Hannes Taubenboeck

new publication: morphology of cities

A new research paper has been published in Applied Geography on global morphologic categorization of living environments of the urban poor. This is an empirical baseline study of physical building types and structural patterns of cities. A building models for living places of the urban poor (such as slums, etc.) was developed using spatial characteristics allowing to characterize settlement structures. read the full article here (open access):...

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Global Urbanization

Book “Global Urbanization – Perspective from space” published with Springer Spektrum In the year 2050 there will be 6 billion people living in cities all over the world. This dramatic migration of mankind into the cities has massive impacts on global settlements: especially in Asia, Africa and South America cities with millions of inhabitants are developing rapidly; megacities grow almost unstoppably and create new dimensions of urbanization such as megaregions with more than 100 million inhabitants. Many different kinds of urban structures are formed in this process of urbanization: e.g. decentralized agglomerations of high-rise buildings, monotonous suburbias or slum dwellings. These structures can be identified from space, using multisensoral remote sensing data. In this book the focus is on transforming multisensoral Earth observation data into new geographic notions. We answer questions such as “which megacities have the highest rates of urban expansion?“, “which spatial patterns of settlements are existing?”, “are informal settlements or planned suburbs morphologically similar across the globe?“, “are current urban population estimates correct?“, “how do refugee camps turn into permant settlements?“, “where are the global hubs of NO2 atmospheric loading?” or “can we observe systematics in people sensing the city and the urban structure?”. In addition, these matter-of-fact scientific analyses from space are connected with reports of people sensing the atmosphere of cities. Beyond this, well-known experts in the fields of remote sensing, geo-informatics, urban geography,...

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