People and Pixels 20th Anniversary: Advances in the Use of Remote Sensing in the Social Sciences

Session ID#: 26542

Session Description:
In the twenty years since the publication of People and Pixels: Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science (NRC, 1998) there have been many advances in social science applications of remote sensing. New research opportunities are opening because of the increasing array of social science data (e.g., mobile phone and social media data), the growing variety of satellite and aerial data sources (e.g., VIIRS nightlights, radar, UAVs), and the access to computation cyberinfrastructure for the analysis of massive spatio-temporal datasets. This session will showcase current trends in land cover research as well as newer application areas such as urbanization, geohealth, and disasters. Papers will discuss methods and results, as well as broader topics such as the use of data to test social science theories, the challenges of interdisciplinary research, and policy relevance and societal benefits.
Primary Convener:  Alexander M de Sherbinin, Columbia University of New York, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Palisades, NY, United States
Conveners:  Guido Cervone, Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, University Park, PA, United States and Nina Lam, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Co-Organized with:
Global Environmental Change, and Natural Hazards

  • NH - Natural Hazards
  • PA - Public Affairs
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Index Terms:

1630 Impacts of global change [GLOBAL CHANGE]
1632 Land cover change [GLOBAL CHANGE]
1640 Remote sensing [GLOBAL CHANGE]
4323 Human impact [NATURAL HAZARDS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Leiqiu Hu, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, United States, Olga Wilhelmi, NCAR, Boulder, CO, United States and Christopher Koh Uejio, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, geography, Tallahassee, FL, United States
Andrea E Gaughan1, Forrest R. Stevens2, Catherine Linard3, Alessandro Sorichetta4 and Andrew J Tatem4, (1)University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, United States, (2)University of Louisville, Geography and Geosciences, Louisville, KY, United States, (3)Free University of Brussells, Geography, Brusells, Belgium, (4)University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
Emilio Federico Moran, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, United States
Nina Lam1, Yi Qiang2, Heng Cai1 and Lei Zou1, (1)Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, United States, (2)University of Hawaii, Geography, Honalulu, United States
Rchard Sufo Kankeu, Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia
Pranab K Roy Chowdhury, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, United States and Budhendra L Bhaduri, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, United States
Budhendra L Bhaduri and Amy Rose, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, United States
Nathan Trombley and Eric Weber, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, United States