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The use of diverse RS-GIS sources to measure and model urban morphology

Longely, P.; Mesev, V.; (1997) The use of diverse RS-GIS sources to measure and model urban morphology. Geographical Systems , 4 (1) pp. 5-18.

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Abstract

We are now able to generate high quality digital classifications of urban land cover using remotely sensed images, yet such classifications remain of only limited use in the analysis of urban morphology. This is in large part because similar built forms fulfil a range of diverse functions, and even the best possible land cover classifications will fail to discriminate between residential, commercial and industrial land uses. It is therefore unsurprising that we remain largely incapable of relating the'functioning of urban settlements to their spatial forms. The solution to this problem is likely to lie in the integration of socio-economic datasets with satellite images. This paper seeks to demonstrate how geographically comprehensive, frequently updateable satellite information on land cover may be supplemented with area, line and point information from socio-economic and mapping agency sources. In the case of the UK, these inolude, respectively, small area census statistics, digitised road network information and the Ordnance Survey's 'Address-Point' product. Other data, such as property registers, are not as yet explicitly georeferenced, and the prospects for realising the potential of such sources will also be investigated. Some of the wider implications of 'RS-GIS' data integration for urban morphology research are also explored.

Type: Article
Title: The use of diverse RS-GIS sources to measure and model urban morphology
Language: English
Additional information: Volume title: Recent developments in spatial information processing and modelling
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Geography
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/13911
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