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Application of NDVI in Environmental Justice, Health and Inequality Studies – Potential and Limitations in Urban Environments

Version 1 : Received: 21 August 2020 / Approved: 24 August 2020 / Online: 24 August 2020 (03:07:41 CEST)

How to cite: Juergens, C.; Meyer-Heß, M.F. Application of NDVI in Environmental Justice, Health and Inequality Studies – Potential and Limitations in Urban Environments. Preprints 2020, 2020080499 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0499.v1). Juergens, C.; Meyer-Heß, M.F. Application of NDVI in Environmental Justice, Health and Inequality Studies – Potential and Limitations in Urban Environments. Preprints 2020, 2020080499 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0499.v1).

Abstract

This paper discusses the potential and limitations of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) in environmental justice, health and inequality studies in urban areas. Very often the NDVI is correlated with socioeconomic and/or sociodemographic data to demonstrate the inequality in environmental settings that themselves influence individual health and questions of environmental justice. This paper addresses the limits of the NDVI for such applications and as well its potential, if applied properly. The overall goal is to make people of disciplines other than those that are geo-related aware of the characteristics, limits and potentials of satellite image-based information layers such as NDVI.

Subject Areas

greenspace; NDVI; environmental justice; greenness; Sentinel; satellite; urban green; health equity

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