LSE Cities Research Seminars: Urban Science with a View from Space



About the Event

**Michaelmas Term 2019 | LSE Cities Research Seminars** LSE Cities holds research seminars for LSE and non-LSE researchers and academics to present their work on cities and the ways in which people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focusing on how the physical form and design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment. Seminars and free and open to all but require pre-registration. If you would like to attend any of the seminars please RSVP to **Thursday 12 September | 12 - 1.30pm** Room 32L.B.07, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH **Urban Science with a view from space: Dynamics, dimensions and forms of global urbanization** Dr. Hannes Taubenböck, German Aerospace Center (DLR) and visiting fellow, LSE Cities The largest migration movement that humanity has ever undertaken is in full swing: from the countryside to cities. New cities are emerging. Existing cities are merging into megaregions with more than 70 million inhabitants. Slums grow into the remaining open spaces. Although mankind is in the information age, there are large gaps in knowledge regarding these urban phenomena. In this workshop, Hannes Taubenböck of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will make the physical transformation of urban landscapes tangible by looking from above - with remote sensing data from space. Through the analysis of satellite data, it is possible to document the sprawling urban growth in a global comparison and thus identify the emergence and dimensions of megaregions or even localise areas of urban poverty. The seminar will also show how existing gaps in knowledge can be closed with Big Earth Data in order to make the effects of urbanisation processes on the planet tangible. Dr. Hannes Taubenböck heads a working group at the Earth Observation Center of the German Aerospace Center that deals with the global city and its society. He also teaches at the Institute of Geography at the University of Würzburg. Fascinated by the view from space, which can create a distanced view of clarity, he deals with documenting and understanding the increasingly dynamic urban transformation processes on our planet.

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