Tags : smart cities

FIRE Forum and Ecoten: The Challenges of EO in Cities

With well over half of the world’s population living in cities, the urban environment is one of the key targets for Earth Observation (EO) applications. This was obvious at the recent EXPANDEO and FIRE Forum Conference in Brussels, that we reported on earlier here, where urban development was one of the key topics. FIRE Forum […]Read More

EXPANDEO 2022 – The Now and Tomorrow of Earth Observation

Key stakeholders came together to discuss the ‘now and tomorrow’ of Earth Observation at the two-day EXPANDEO and the FIRE Forum 2022 joint event. This annual European Earth Observation event is organised by EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies), who are also the consortium lead of the FIRE Forum project. The EXPANDEO and FIRE […]Read More

Change Detection in Cities Using SAR Images

The rise in population in the last 100 years has led to a rapid expansion of the world’s cities.  As a consequence, there are big infrastructure developments and construction projects, leading to urban change, which requires monitoring. Similarly, natural disasters or war can cause quick changes to a city infrastructure. Remote sensing by imaging radar […]Read More

Are you comfortable? Monitoring heat stress in cities from space

Cities experience higher temperatures than their rural surroundings. These higher temperatures can negatively impact human health, including causing cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, as well as heat stroke. It is therefore crucial to lower heat stress in urban environments. Cities are ‘Heat Islands’ An ‘urban heat island (UHI)’ is an urban area that is significantly warmer […]Read More

Europe’s 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Announced

The Commission today announced the 100 EU cities that will participate in the EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030, the so-called Cities Mission. The 100 cities come from all 27 Member States, with 12 additional cities coming from countries associated or with the potential of being associated to Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme […]Read More

Measuring heat stress in the city from space

One of the most common terms we hear during the summer when discussing the weather in the city is the Heat Index. While the Heat Index can give you an idea of how dangerous the heat can be, there is another lesser known variable that may give a complete description, known as the Wet Bulb […]Read More

EO for SDG11: Space Solutions for Sustainable Cities

This week saw two online events dedicated to space solutions for urban environments. First the Eurisy ‘Space for Cities’ event, focusing on Earth observation to build sustainable and climate resilient cities and communities. This was followed by the urban workshop of the Fire Forum project, which zoomed in on space data user uptake issues in […]Read More

Smart Cities Project: Creating a market for satellite-based applications

According to the European Commission, smart cities are places where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and business. Satellite technologies are part of those digital and telecommunication technologies available to us. And while telecommunication (broadcast) and positioning (navigation) are […]Read More

Opportunities from Space for Cities

On 27 October 2020 Eurisy hosted the “Space for Cities” workshop. Now they have published the results of this meeting in a report. The report contains the main messages from the workshop, which carried the subtitle “From innovation to operation: A talk about concrete uses of satellite data and services to support cities’ resilience and […]Read More