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Greenbelt erosion assessment using remote sensing


Term:

Spring

Department:

4: Architecture

Faculty Supervisor:

Alan Berger

Faculty email:

aberger@mit.edu

Apply by:

Feb 12

Contact:

David Birge, dpbirge@mit.edu, 919 607 8900)

Project Description

Greenbelt's were built around the globe to protect ecological and social benefits for urban residents and limit growth of urban centers into existing landscapes. Now many of these greenbelts are over 50 years old. An ongoing project at the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU) aims to assess the original objectives of these greenbelts and measure how these goals have or have not been achieved using satellite data and ecological indicator research. We are seeking an undergraduate researcher (UROP) to help run a novel model developed at the LCAU that classifies land-cover type across a number of global cities with existing greenbelts. Simple statistics will be run on results.

Pre-requisites

Python is a must. Experience with remote sensing or ML techniques for image classification are beneficial but not required.