Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Shanghai, China




Earthshots introduces remote sensing by showing examples of how environmental changes look from space.

A megacity is a region that has a population greater than 10 million. It seems the term was created for cities like Shanghai, China. In 2000, the fast-growing city was home to 16.4 million people. Shanghai’s population reached 24.1 million in 2013, according to the Shanghai Municipal Statistics Bureau. It’s the largest city in China and third largest in the world.

Shanghai sits on the Yangtze River delta along China’s eastern coast. The city covers about 6,333 square kilometers, an area slightly more than that covered by Toronto, Canada (5,901 square kilometers). But Shanghai has a population nearly four times higher than Toronto.

Much of Shanghai’s growth has been in satellite developments. The Landsat imagery makes this clear as the smaller populated areas outside of Shanghai expand and then are absorbed by the urban expansion.

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Publication type Dataset
Publication Subtype Website
Title Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Shanghai, China
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description HTML Document
Country China
City Shanghai
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N