[en] Spatial metrics derived from satellite imagery are useful measures to quantify structural characteristics of expanding cities, and can provide indications of functional land use types. Images of medium resolution are cheap, widely available and are often part of extensive historic archives. Their lower resolution, on the other hand, inhibits studying urban morphology and change processes at a more detailed, intra-urban level. In this study, we develop spatial metrics for use on continuous sealed surface data produced by a sub-pixel classification of Landsat ETM+ imagery. The metrics characterise the shape of the cumulative frequency distribution of the estimated sub-pixel fractions within a building block by fitting an exponential and a sigmoid function with a least-squares approach. A classification tree is then used to relate the metric variables to urban land-use classes selected from the European MOLAND topology. This approach shows promising results, but still needs improvement which may be achieved by including spatially explicit metrics in the analysis.
Politique Scientifique Fédérale (Belgique) = Belgian Federal Science Policy