Special Sessions

Promoting Urban Resilience through Methodologies and Tools Deploying Earth Observation Data

Giorgos Somarakis, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Greece
David Ludlow, University of the West of England, UK


Earth Observation data and products based on data quality, coverage and revisit times of satellite missions constitute valuable source of quantified and spatially disaggregated environmental information that can support the urban planning and development processes as well as the monitoring and evaluation of their implementation to address the multidimensionality of urban resilience. Although these data and products are often openly available (e.g. through Copernicus Core Services and Sentinels), they may not be directly usable to support urban governance. Specifically, they may require additional processing, modelling and integration of additional open or restricted data (in-situ measurements, health profiles, energy consumption, traffic and population data, etc.) in order to meet the needs of their users/recipients (e.g. coping with the required scale and granularity). In this context, innovative methodologies and tools (e.g. downstream applications), deploying Earth Observation data and products, increase the value of existing environmental information and are capable of retrieving urban environmental parameters at local scale. Such outputs can result in more routine urban planning and development with obvious socioeconomic impact, as well as more efficient risk management related to climate change adaptation/mitigation, energy and economy, and healthy cities and social environments, dealing with urban sustainability and increasing urban resilience.