The Earth Observation and Environmental Remote Sensing (EO-ERS) laboratory of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) has developed an animated video that shows the urban expansion of Abu Dhabi from 1986 through 2010. The animation makes use of satellite data from NASA and the USGS.
With MIST’s focus on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, the EO-ERS lab is working to develop satellite-based tools to detect, monitor and forecast environmental hazards in the UAE. Its research activities include coastal water quality monitoring from space; solar and wind potential mapping; real time dust detection; land cover monitoring; and thermal mapping of urban areas.
Here’s the time-laps animation: