Darkness on the edge of town : mapping urban and Peri-Urban Australia using nighttime satellite imagery

Paul Sutton, Andrew Goetz, Stephen Fildes, Clive Forster, Tilottama Ghosh

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    Abstract

    This article explores the use of nighttime satellite imagery for mapping urban and peri-urban areas of Australia. A population-weighted measure of urban sprawl is used to characterize relative levels of sprawl for Australia's urban areas. In addition, the expansive areas of low light surrounding most major metropolitan areas are used to map the urban-bush interface of exurban land use. Our findings suggest that 82 percent of the Australian population lives in urban areas, 15 percent live in peri-urban or exurban areas, and 3 percent live in rural areas. This represents a significantly more concentrated human settlement pattern than presently exists in the United States.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberPublications Data Collection
    Pages (from-to)119-133
    Number of pages15
    JournalThe Professional Geographer
    Volume62
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Exurban population
    • Nighttime satellite imagery
    • Urban sprawl index

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    Sutton, P., Goetz, A., Fildes, S., Forster, C., & Ghosh, T. (2010). Darkness on the edge of town : mapping urban and Peri-Urban Australia using nighttime satellite imagery. The Professional Geographer, 62(1), 119-133. [Publications Data Collection]. https://doi.org/10.1080/00330120903405006