Change detection for remote sensing imagery is the process to determine difference of the same object or phenomenon at different times. Real-time automatic change detection technology is of great significance for excavating potential of image data and maintaining the current situation of geospatial data. With the development of remote-sensing earth observation technology, varieties of remote-sensing sensors for different tasks have emerged. Change detection is also diversified with the coming up of multi-resolution remote-sensing data, with advanced theories and techniques developed for continuously different sensors. This paper reviews the development of multi-temporal remote sen-sing image change detection technologies and summarizes the classification system of multi-temporal remote sensing image change detection. And the latest developments in change detection research are summarized from three aspects:pre-processing, change detection strategies and accuracy assessment. This paper also points out the challenges that change detection is facing and possible countermeasures, in the hope of deepening the research into change detection technology for remote sensing images.