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  Title Using nighttime DMSP/OLS images of city lights to estimate the impact of urban land use on soil resources in the United States Type Journal Article
  Year 1997 Publication Remote Sensing of Environment Abbreviated Journal Remote Sensing of Environment  
  Volume 59 Issue 1 Pages 105-117  
  Keywords Remote Sensing  
  Abstract Nightime “city light” footprints derived from DMSP/OLS satellite images were merged with census data and a digital soils map in a continental-scale test of a remote sensing and geographic information system methodology for approximating the extent of built-up land and its potential impact on soil resources in the United States. Using image processing techniques and census data, we generated maps where the “city lights” class represented mean population densities of 947 persons km−2 and 392 housing units km−2, areas clearly not available to agriculture. By our analysis, such “city lights” representing urban areas accounted for 2.7% of the surface area in the United States, an area approximately equal to the State of Minnesota or one half the size of California. Using the UN/FAO Fertility Capability Classification System to rank soils, results for the United States show that development appears to be following soil resources, with the better agricultural soils being the most urbanized. Some unique soil types appear to be on the verge of being entirely coopted by “urban sprawl.” Urban area figures derived from the DMSP/OLS imagery compare well to those derived from statistical sources. Further testing and refinement of the methodology remain but the technique shows promise for possible extension to global evaluations of urbanization, population and even global productivity.  
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  ISSN 0034-4257 ISBN Medium  
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