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Urban Development From Space: Interactive Demonstration of EO4SD-Urban Earth Observation (EO) Products and Tools

"Gain insights into the Urban geospatial product portfolio and get a live demonstration of the Urban-Thematic Exploitation Platform"

The Bite+ outlines demonstration exercises that cover a description of the Urban geospatial product portfolio, their applications for implementing SDG 11 Indicators, the presentation of EO-based building height and footprint data, and a liv... view more

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Welcome and Introduction by Christoph Aubrecht - Senior Geospatial Strategist, European Space Agency Representative to the World Bank

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Part 1 - EO4SD-Urban Demonstration of cases: Christophe Sannier (SIRS, EO4SD-Urban consortium) speaks about the principles of Earth Observation (EO) data, the need for geospatial data and the EO4SD-Urban product portfolio

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Part 2 - EO4SD-Urban Demonstration of cases: Christophe Sannier (SIRS, EO4SD-Urban consortium) gives an example of integrating three-dimensional building height data derived from satellites and provides a case study with this data

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Part 1a - Q & A: Is it possible to measure heat coming off of a building? Regarding the 3D assessments, can sensors be used while there are sky scrappers? Is there an ability to distinguish office space from residential housing?

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Part 1b - Q & A: Can we use satellite imagery to support the implementation of operations, particularly to analyze civil work, for eg. solar panels in schools or small single housing projects? 

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Part 2 - Q & A: Can the tool separate vegetation from the other surfaces? Can we count the exact number of floors or is the technology heading towards this possibility in the future?

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Part 1 - EO-based geospatial data for assessment of SDG Goal 11 Indicators: Fabian Enßle (GAF, EO4SD-Urban consortium) provides examples of using EO data to support the SDG indicators 11.1 (Access to Housing and upgrading slums) and 11.3 (Sustainable urbanization)

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Part 2 - EO-based geospatial data for assessment of SDG Goal 11 Indicators: Fabian Enßle (GAF, EO4SD-Urban consortium) provides examples of using EO data to support the SDG indicators 11.3 (Sustainable urbanization) and 11.7 (Access to green & public spaces)

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Q & A: Is there a special allocation model that you choose in order to generate the population data? While collecting population density data, do you take into account housing consumption per capita, specifically since the number of square feet that an individual consumes is different in a slum environment versus a non-slum environment? 

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Web featured Storylines (1) Global Urban Growth 2) Urban Green Areas and 3) City Land Assets Dynamics by Christophe Sannier

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Web featured Storylines and online resources to access EO4SD-Urban products by Christophe Sannier

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Part 1 - Fabian Enßle presents the Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform (U-TEP), which provides web-based data views and analyses functionalities. Also, learn about how you can gain access to all the EO4SD Webinars on the Open Learning Campus (OLC). 

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Part 2 - Fabian Enßle presents the Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform (U-TEP), which provides web-based data views and analyses functionalities.

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Concluding Remarks: Learn about the Earth Observation (EO) clinic that was formed to address the short-term requests at the World Bank

About the Presenters

Christoph Aubrecht

Senior Geospatial Strategist, European Space Agency Representative to the World Bank

Chris Aubrecht represents the European Space Agency (ESA) at the World Bank, providing strategic advice and coordinating collaborative activities. ESA’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development #EO4SD initiative provides support to International Financial Institutions in increasing uptake of Earth Observation with the aim of long-term mainstreaming and transfer into development operations. Prior to joining ESA, Chris was leading the spatial analytics efforts under the WB CDRP disaster resilience initiative. For 10 years he worked at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, in the end serving as senior advisor on geospatial strategy development. 

Christophe Sannier

Scientific Director, SIRS, France

Christophe Sannier is currently Scientific Director at SIRS since 2016 and has worked at SIRS since 2007. Prior to that he was a lecturer at Cranfield University for 10 years after completing his PhD on the applications of Satellite imagery for strategic monitoring of crop yields and conditions of rangeland vegetation in Southern Africa. He was also visiting fellow of Cranfield University and has been involved in a large number of research and consultancy projects in relation to the EU Copernicus programme and with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Fabian Enßle

EO4SD-Urban consortium partner,

Senior Project Manager, 

GAF AG, Germany

Fabian Enßle is currently the Senior Project Manager at GAF with more than 10 years of experience in transforming Earth Observation (EO) data into actionable products and services by interacting between user requirements and in-house technical implementations. For four years he is working at GAF in the Forestry & Climate Change Unit promoting cloud based solutions that help to bridge the digital divide.