Sven Vanderhaegen

PhD Researcher in Cartography and GIS

Junior researchers Cartography and GIS (CGIS) Smart & ICT
  • Current position PhD Researcher in Cartography and GIS
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Faculty of Sciences and Bio-Engineering Sciences
    Department of Geography
    Pleinlaan 2
    Building F - Room 4.69
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0)2 629 37 83
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  • Website we.vub.ac.be

The quantitative description of urban form and urban land-use using spatial metrics, both at the intra-urban and regional scale, is the common thread through Sven’s research.
At the regional scale, his work mainly focuses on multi-temporal mapping and modelling of soil sealing in Flanders. Combining the power of remote sensing and spatial analysis, his work contributes to a better understanding of urban dynamics in Flanders. It also provides an insight into the possible physical impacts of future urban development under various urban land-use change scenarios. At the intra-urban scale, Sven has proposed alternative measures to characterize the morphological characteristics of the urban fabric and to map different types of urban form and function. The proposed measures may be useful for spatio-temporal monitoring of urban spaces, as well as for comparative urban studies.

Sven’s expertise includes:

  • Multi-temporal mapping of soil sealing using remotely sensed data
  • Modeling and forecasting of soil sealing
  • Urban remote sensing
  • Quantitative description of urban form and function using spatial metrics

Key publications

Vanderhaegen, S., De Munter, K. and Canters, F. (2015) High resolution modelling and forecasting of soil sealing density at the regional scale, in: Landscape and Urban Planning 133: 133-142.

Tsakiris, G., Nalbantis, I., Vangelis, H., Verbeiren, B., Huysmans, M., Tychon, B., Jacquemin, I., Canters, F., Vanderhaegen, S., Engelen, G., Poelmans, L., De Becker, P. & Batelaan, O. (2013) A system-based paradigm of drought analysis for operational management, in: Water Resources Management 27: 5281-5297.

Vanderhaegen, S., Van De Voorde, T., Canters, F. (2008) Karakterisering van stedelijke morfologie aan de hand van remote sensing data, toegepast op Brussel, in: E.V. Hecke, E. V. and A. Verhetsel (eds.), De Aardrijkskunde 32(3-4): 65-78.