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.
Orthophoto based high resolution mapping of green urban spaces.
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.
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.
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.