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Human Footprints: Tracking Development From Space

Human footprints

human development

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With a project called Global Urban Footprints, scientists use radar imagery to reveal human development around the world.

Minneapolis, United States

Radar image of human development in Minneapolis.

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The images are presented in three colors — black for urban areas; white for land surface; and grey for water. Minneapolis, Minnesota, is shown here.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo radar

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A radar image of Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

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A visible light image of Tokyo, Japan

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo radar

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A radar image of Cairo, Egypt.

Brussels, Germany

Brussels radar

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Radar imagery of Brussels, Germany.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam radar

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A satellite radar image of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Delhi, India

Satellite radar image of Delhi, India.

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Satellite radar image of Delhi, India.

Delhi, India

Delhi

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A visible light image of Delhi, India.

Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles radar

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Human development in Los Angeles, California, viewed with satellite radar.

Munich, Germany

Munich radar

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The region around Munich, Germany, viewed with satellite radar.