Future spaceborne imaging spectroscopy data will offer new possibilities for mapping ecosystems globally, including urban environments. The high spectral information content of such data is expected to improve accuracies and thematic detail of maps on urban composition and urban environmental condition. This way, urgently needed information for environmental models will be provided, for example, for microclimate or hydrological models. The diverse vertical structures, highly frequent spatial change and a great variety of materials cause challenges for urban environmental mapping with Earth observation data, especially at the 30 m spatial resolution of data from future spaceborne imaging spectrometers. This paper gives an overview of the state-of-the-art in urban imaging spectroscopy considering decreasing spatial resolution, the related user requirements and existing knowledge gaps, as well as expected future directions for the work with new data sets.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9486
Pages (from-to)471-488
Number of pages18
JournalSurveys in Geophysics
Issue number3
Early online date16 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

    Research areas

  • Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP), Hyperspectral, Imaging spectroscopy, Spatial resolution, Unmixing, Urban

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