Provision of baseline data
for sustainable urban
planning and management

Urban & Population

Urban areas are the focal points of economic growth and wealth creation. Cities are most vulnerable to natural hazards and climate change and are facing enormous pressure due to continued worldwide urbanisation. Smart governance is needed to counteract detrimental effects on living conditions, environment, transportation, and energy consumption.

Satellite Earth observation offers a powerful tool to support decision-making for urban planning and enable the transformation to smart cities. Geospatial solutions deliver fact-based decision support to plan for public service provision, locate problem areas, safeguard public investments, assess vulnerabilities, and ensure sustainable expansion.

Our clients:

  • Governmental organisations
  • Local authorities and municipalities
  • Financial institutions
  • Map data providers
  • Urban services industries
  • Insurances

We deliver ...

  • fully-automated mapping of built-up areas and degree of urbanisation (imperviousness) on a global basis with high level of detail
  • mapping of building footprints and building blocks as well as classification of building/infrastructure types
  • city infrastructure monitoring, information on green urban areas and peri-urban ecosystems
  • inventories of informal settlements 
  • interactive analysis, simulation and visualisation tools for urban policy implementation
  • socio-economic and demographic analysis and impact assessment
  • economic and social vulnerability assessment to natural hazards and climate change
  • water and sanitation planning to support water related infrastructure projects and waste management

Information Products

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Austria | Linz

Urban green area analysis

Austria | Linz

Orthophoto based high resolution mapping of green urban spaces.

Germany | Lower Saxony

Land take and soil sealing monitoring

Germany | Lower Saxony

Earth observation based information on the extent, development and density of built-up areas. Such information is used to analyse, describe and understand the drivers, pressure, state and impact of land consumption.

Senegal | Dakar

Climate change risk assessment

Senegal | Dakar

Identification and spatial assessment of natural hazards, climate change risks and multi-temporal urban development to identify areas of risk. Such information were used to assess low-risk peri-urban expansion areas in Dakar, Africa.

Austria | Vienna

Aging population mapping

Austria | Vienna

Age-specific, geospatially explicit population distribution to provide added value for the ageing population market. This includes health care, safety and security, social, leisure and education, but also market research, geo-marketing, or business location analysis.

Satellite-based maps

  • Urban extent and change
  • Degree of soil sealing / imperviousness
  • Urban land use and structure
  • Green urban areas
  • Informal settlements
  • Situational awareness maps
  • Building footprints
  • Building blocks


Spatial analytical products

  • Building type classification
  • Urban sprawl analysis
  • Urban land take indicators
  • Urban function
  • Economic and social vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change
  • Building land reserves


Modelled products

  • Population distribution on building block level (day and night)
  • Population impact assessment
  • Damage and loss assessment
  • Multi-hazard natural and climate change risk
  • Sanitation planning

Success Story

Climate change
impact assessment

Provide high-resolution population data to show where people reside, where they move during day-time and how they are affected by climate change impacts

2013, Finland

Climate change is impacting and will continue to impact the European continent, leading to more frequent heat waves and extreme colds, floods, storms and droughts. In this context, it is even more important for urban residents, city authorities, national and EU institutions to receive information about how they will be affected and to plan accordingly.

To support their climate change adaption strategies, the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, under an EC contract, commissioned GeoVille in 2015 to derive and provide high-resolution population data to show where people reside, where they move during day-time and how they are affected by climate change impacts. In this context, GeoVille developed a unique method to sharpen rough census information to real-world housing locations and add insights into the distribution of the population during the day. The results were then further combined with information on environmental threats and climate change risks such as flood risk datasets or outcomes of urban climate models to derive the exposure of the population. With this information, city planners can derive new information on the number of people exposed to climatic impacts and natural hazards.

”The day-time population product gives the city officials and other actors of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area new insight into urban planning. The innovative data can be used e.g. in the planning of climate change adaptation measures or air quality improvements.”

Johannes Lounasheimo, Helsinki Metropolitan Area


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