Quantifying multi-temporal urban development characteristics in Las Vegas from Landsat and ASTER data

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
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Urban development has expanded rapidly in Las Vegas, Nevada of the United States, over the last fifty years. A major environmental change associated with this urbanization trend is the transformation of the landscape from natural cover types to increasingly anthropogenic impervious surface. This research utilizes remote sensing data from both the Landsat and Terra-Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instruments in conjunction with digital orthophotography to estimate urban extent and its temporal changes by determining sub-pixel impervious surfaces. Percent impervious surface area has shown encouraging agreement with urban land extent and development density. Results indicate that total urban land-use increases approximately 110 percent from 1984 to 2002. Most of the increases are associated with medium-to high-density urban development. Places having significant increases in impervious surfaces are in the northwestern and southeastern parts of Las Vegas. Most high-density urban development, however, appears in central Las Vegas. Impervious surface conditions for 2002 measured from Landsat and ASTER satellite data are compared in terms of their accuracy.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Quantifying multi-temporal urban development characteristics in Las Vegas from Landsat and ASTER data
Series title Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
DOI 10.14358/PERS.74.4.473
Volume 74
Issue 4
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 9 p.
First page 473
Last page 481
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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