A new source for high spatial resolution night time images - The EROS-B commercial satellite

Levin, Naom, Johansen, Kasper, Hacker, Jorg M. and Phinn, Stuart (2014) A new source for high spatial resolution night time images - The EROS-B commercial satellite. Remote Sensing of Environment, 149 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2014.03.019

Author Levin, Naom
Johansen, Kasper
Hacker, Jorg M.
Phinn, Stuart
Title A new source for high spatial resolution night time images - The EROS-B commercial satellite
Journal name Remote Sensing of Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0034-4257
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.rse.2014.03.019
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 149
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 1111 Soil Science
1907 Geology
1903 Computers in Earth Sciences
Abstract City lights present one of humankind's most unique footprints on Earth as seen from space. Resulting light pollution from artificial lights obscures the night sky for astronomy and has negative impacts on biodiversity as well as on human health. However, remote sensing studies of night lights to date have been mostly limited to coarse spatial resolution sensors such as the DMSP-OLS. Here we present a new source for high spatial resolution mapping of night lights from space, derived from a commercial satellite. We tasked the Israeli EROS-B satellite to acquire two night-time light images (at a spatial resolution of 1. m) of Brisbane, Australia, and analyzed their radiometric quality and content with respect to land cover and land use. The spatial distribution of night lights as imaged by EROS-B corresponded with night-time images acquired by an airborne camera, although EROS-B was not as sensitive to low light levels. Using land cover and land use data at the statistical local area level, we could statistically explain 89% of the variability in night-time lights. Arterial roads and commercial and service areas were found to be some of the brightest land use types. Overall, we found that EROS-B imagery provides fine spatial resolution images of night lights, opening new avenues for studying light pollution in cities worldwide.
Keyword Fine spatial resolution
Land cover
Land use
Night lights
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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