Exploring the data fusion of European SAR and Landsat satellites for monitoring the urban changes in greater Cairo (Egypt) from 2010 to 2015

J.M. Delgado Blasco, Gert Verstraeten, Ramon F. Hanssen, Antonio M. Ruiz-Armenteros

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Abstract

Before Arab Spring revolution, Greater Cairo had been the focus of urban growth studies due to its huge increase of population in the last decades, also using remote sensing satellites. Probably, the change in its urban extent may have been affected by the Arab Spring activity since it started in 2011, as it has been discussed by international organisations for which they are trying to get the answer to this phenomenon. This work uses the European Envisat and Sentinel-1A satellites as well as the American Landsat 7 and 8 for creating pre-revolution (2010) and post-revolution (2015) land use maps by combining the different SAR and Multi-Spectral (MS) sensors. By comparing the generated LUC maps, we identify the urban changes that occurred during the past 5 years, giving an answer to the question of the quantification of the urban increase in Greater Cairo.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Living Planet Symposium 2016
EditorsL. Ouwehand
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
VolumeSP-740
ISBN (Electronic)9789292213053
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
EventLiving Planet Symposium 2016 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 9 May 201613 May 2016

Conference

ConferenceLiving Planet Symposium 2016
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period9/05/1613/05/16

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