The Global Urban Observation and Information Task has set the following goals for the period of 2012-2015: (1) Improving the coordination of urban observations, monitoring, forecasting, and assessment initiatives worldwide; (2) Supporting the development of a global urban observation and analysis system; (3) Producing up-to-date information on the status and development of the urban system – from local to global scale; (4) Filling existing gaps in the integration of global urban observation with data that characterize urban ecosystems, environment, air quality and carbon emission, indicators of population density, environmental quality, quality of life, and the patterns of human environmental and infectious diseases; and (5) Developing innovative techniques in support of effective and sustainable urban development.
For the period of 2016-2025, we support the GEO’s proposal that a single GEO Initiative on urban issues will be created in the new Work Programme. All activities are continuous in nature or extensions of the GEO SB-04 activities, which make it easy for the transition in 2016.
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- German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and German Aerospace Center (DLR) in support of global urban footprint production.
- US Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resource Observation and Science Center (EROS) in support of national land cover datasets generation.
- “Thematic Urban Observation Hub (TUrbO-Hub), supported by ESA Thematic Exploitation Platforms (TEP) program, 1/1/2015 – 12/31/2016, led by DLR.
- “Earth Observation for Urbanization” (EO4U)” supported by the ESA DUE-Innovators III program, 1/1/2015 – 12/31/2016, led by DLR.
- ESA DUE INNOVATOR III on Global Urban Services using Sentinel-1/-2 data (3/1/2015-2/28/2017) awarded to University of Pavia and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
- “Improving the Estimation of Impervious Surfaces Using Optical and Polarimetric SAR Data in Humid Subtropical Urban Areas” supported by Hong Kong Research Grants Council led by Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1/1/2016-12/31/2017.
- TREASURE: Thermal Risk rEduction Actions and tools for SecURE cities, supported by a European Civil Protection project, led by National Observatory of Athens, Greece.
- “Continuous Monitoring of the Distribution of Urban Temperatures in 5 Greek Cities’ in Excellence Research Programs General Secretariat for Research and Technology (Greece)- SIEMENS awarded to National Observatory of Athens, Greece, 2014-2016.
- DRAGON 3 (KTH, UNIPV, DLR) – “Urbanization project”: Use of European and Chinese EO data to monitor urban expansion in selected areas of P.R. China.
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Marshall Space Flight Center Interdisciplinary Science Project, “Combining satellite data and models to assess the impacts of urbanization on the continental United States surface climate”.
- ABCC (CEODE, CAS & JRC): NSF of China project of “Comparative Study on Global Environmental Change Using Remote Sensing Technology”.
- NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center has a long standing program to generate and provide open access to global nighttime lights from satellite data.
- Global Talents Program of Fujian Normal University, China, in support of creation of Global Institute of Sustainable Cities.
- Funding for projects related to the NASA National Climate Assessment program.
- The European Commission, JRC project: “Global Human Settlement Analysis for Disaster Risk Reduction” (GLOB-HS).
- The European Commission, JRC project “European Urban Development and Territorial Cohesion” (E-URBAN).
In-kind (human resources)
- Global Institute of Sustainable Cities, Fujian Normal University, China;
- Data, models, and related resources associated with US NASA Earth Science research and Earth observing remote sensing platforms such as Terra and Aqua, and the 40-year availability of continuous Landsat data;
- Additional in-kind contributions from the USA (Indiana State University, NASA) and China (Tsinghua University, National Satellite Meteorological Center), Italy (University of Pavia), IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.