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Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD)




Total project duration:

1 Jahre

Earth observation for sustainable development in urban areas

The project

The European Space Agency (ESA) has been working closely with international financial institutions (IFIs) and their clients since 2008 to make Earth observation more useful for their activities.

Our activities in the project

In this project, our DIGITAL researchers were responsible for the area of natural hazards in urban areas. These are, for example, risk maps such as floods or mudslides, but also soil subsidence, which can be observed with Sentinel-1 time series. DIGITAL was also responsible for capacity building and held a series of webinars in this context, which can be accessed on the project website.

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GAF AG Germany

SIRS France

GISAT Czech Republic

EGIS France

DLR Germany

NEO Netherlands

GISBOX Romania

Project details

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) is an ESA initiative that aims to promote the use of Earth observation data and derived information in regional and global programmes of international financial institutions through a user-centric approach. "Urban development" is one of the three thematic areas, as many governments around the world are indeed confronted with the rapid growth of urban areas and the difficulty of adequately meeting the basic needs of rapidly growing urban populations. The ability to successfully maintain or establish adequate services related to infrastructure, water supply, electricity, sanitation or poverty and education is then of paramount importance and has a strong impact on the overall development of a country. Thus, EO4SD-Urban aims to demonstrate the benefits of EO-based geo-information products and services to support urban planning tasks.

EO4SD-Urban has produced the following concrete results:

  • The benefits of earth observation in urban areas were convincingly demonstrated
  • Regional services were provided in 40 cities worldwide
  • An operational portfolio of high-quality products has been developed
  • Training courses were held for technology transfer to customers and users
  • Networks with regional and local contacts have been established and
  • Die europäische EO Industrie konnte damit neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten im urbanen Bereich erschließen.

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