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Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal

ISSN: 1477-7835
Previously published as: Environmental Management and Health

Online from: 2003

Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment

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Assessing the environmental impacts of human settlements using satellite data


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Title:Assessing the environmental impacts of human settlements using satellite data
Author(s):Cristina Milesi, (Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, School of Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA), Christopher D. Elvidge, (NOAA, National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA), Ramakrishna R. Nemani, (Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, School of Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA), Steven W. Running, (Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, School of Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA)
Citation:Cristina Milesi, Christopher D. Elvidge, Ramakrishna R. Nemani, Steven W. Running, (2003) "Assessing the environmental impacts of human settlements using satellite data", Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 14 Iss: 1, pp.99 - 107
Keywords:Algeria, Environment, Geographical information systems, Greece, Land use
Article type:Technical paper
DOI:10.1108/14777830310460414 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:In the last 50 years, the Mediterranean Basin has experienced a doubling of its population. This demographic growth has been the cause of extensive land use changes that have undermined the ecological stability of large portions of its fragile ecosystems. The population of the Mediterranean countries is expected to grow by another 20 percent in the next 25 years, further increasing the pressure on the natural resources. In this paper, we present a methodology combining photosynthetic activity and human settlements both derived from satellite data for monitoring the effects of human settlements on the environment. We found photosynthesis decreasing as one moves from rural to urban settings in the north and increasing in the south Mediterranean countries. Regional scale assessments using this approach may help policy makers in designing appropriate measures to combat further environmental degradation.



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