chapter  23
From Measurement to Analysis: a GIS/RS Approach to Monitoring Changes in Urban Density
ByVictor Mesev
Pages 16

The monitoring of urban land use change is undoubtedly one of the most challenging goals for GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. Yet the rewards from the design of more precise and reliable urban monitoring methodologies are enormous from the point of view of local government planning, zoning, and management of resources and services (Kent et al., 1993). Indeed, the Official Journal of the European Communities claims that nearly 90 percent of the European population will soon live in areas designated as bwlt-up urban. Information on the spatial structure of urban areas is therefore vital to the monitoring of contemporary processes of urban growth/decline in terms of population shifts, employment restructuring, changing levels of energy use, and increased pollution and congestion problems.