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The Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform – New Enabling Technologies to Observe and Characterize Urban Environments from Space

Esch, Thomas and Marconcini, Mattia and Zeidler, Julian and Balhar, Jakub and Böttcher, Martin and Boissier, Enguerran and Mathot, Emmanuel and Svaton, Vaclav (2018) The Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform – New Enabling Technologies to Observe and Characterize Urban Environments from Space. 10th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC10) jointly with 14th Symposium on the Urban Environment (SUE), 6-10 August 2018, New York, USA.

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Abstract

Modern Earth Observation (EO) satellite missions provide valuable opportunities to support sustainable urban planning and management by delivering dedicated information on the spatiotemporal development of the built environment and its key morphological and physical characteristics such as imperviousness, greenness, built-up density, building volume, albedo – from global down to local scale. However, the transformation of the raw EO imagery into ready-to-use thematic data and indicators for scientist or planners on the one hand and actionable information for decision makers on the other hand requires detailed technical expert knowledge. Moreover, the imagery collected by satellite missions such as the US Landsat program or the European fleet of Sentinel satellites, but also by airborne systems or drones, rapidly adds up to a multiple of the data volume that can effectively be handled with standard work stations and software solutions. Hence, this contribution introduces the Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform (https://urban-tep.eo.esa.int) that utilizes modern information and communication technology to bridge the gap between the mass data collections of the technology-driven EO sector and the demand of science, planning, and policy for up-to-date information on the status, properties and dynamics of the urban system. Key components of the Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform (U-TEP) are an open, web-based portal that is connected to distributed high-level computing clusters and clouds and that also provides key functionalities for i) high-performance data access, analysis and visualization, ii) customized development and sharing of algorithms, products and services, and iii) networking, communication and exchange of data and information. The overarching objective here is to enable any interested (non-expert) user to easily generate actionable indicators and information for effective sustainable urban development based on a joint analysis of various data sources such as official survey data, EO mission data, socio-economic statistics, and data collected via social media or citizen science. So far more than 3.5 PB of data have been processed and analyzed by means of the U-TEP to finally provide a broad spectrum of urban information products and related services for visualization and analytics that have yet successfully been used by more than 240 institutions from 41 countries (i.a. World Bank Group, United Nations, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Food Programme, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Group on Earth Observation, Global Platform for Sustainable Cities).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121571/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Poster)
Title:The Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform – New Enabling Technologies to Observe and Characterize Urban Environments from Space
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Esch, ThomasThomas.Esch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Marconcini, MattiaMattia.Marconcini (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zeidler, Julianjulian.zeidler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Balhar, Jakubgisat s.r.o., czech republikUNSPECIFIED
Böttcher, Martinmartin.boettcher (at) brockmann-consult.deUNSPECIFIED
Boissier, Enguerranterradue srl, italyUNSPECIFIED
Mathot, EmmanuelTerradue Srl, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Svaton, Vaclavit4innovations & vsb-technical university of ostrava, czech republikUNSPECIFIED
Date:August 2018
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform, Enabling Technologies, Urban
Event Title:10th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC10) jointly with 14th Symposium on the Urban Environment (SUE)
Event Location:New York, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:6-10 August 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote sensing and geoscience
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Esch, Dr.rer.nat. Thomas
Deposited On:10 Sep 2018 10:52
Last Modified:10 Sep 2018 10:52

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