A Closer Insight into Urban Features and DynamicsLand-use planning departments rely on geographic data updated on a yearly basis covering urban conurbations at a scale of 1:10 000. SPOT 5's improved resolution and wide-area coverage lets urban planners:
- Produce land-use maps with CORINE land cover classes
- Go from level 3 to level 4 or 5 by using 10-metre or 5-metre colour imagery
- Identify land-use patterns in specific urban zones, industrial and trading estates, and residential areas
Updating Environmental Urban DatabasesTo promote sustainable urban development and enhance quality of life, urban planning departments are focusing their attention on vegetation in urban and peri-urban zones-parks and green spaces, hedgerows and wooded areas bordering lakes, rivers and canals-in order to zone and protect greenbelt areas. SPOT 5's improved resolution and spectral sensing capability make it possible to:
- Locate public and private green spaces
- Populate census parcel maps in urban databases (at 1:10 000)
Studying Peri-Urban ZonesCities grow by spreading outwards or through a process of densification. Spatial distribution of housing and unoccupied land is the kind of information SPOT 5 imagery can highlight for urban land-use planning.