Space for cities: from innovation to operation. A talk about concrete uses of satellite data and services to support cities’ resilience and sustainability.

Workshop Outline

Moderator: Grazia M. Fiore, Eurisy

14:00 – 14:05     Welcome, Jean-Jacques Tortora, Eurisy

14:05 – 14:30     Keynotes

Needs and challenges of cities to effectively embed ICT into their operations to increase urban resilience and sustainability, Vasileios Latinos, ICLEI Europe

Becoming “smart”: European policies and supporting mechanisms for cities to integrate ICTs into their policies and operationsCristina Martinez, Deputy Head of UnitSmart Mobility and Living, European Commission, DG CNECT

Satellite data as an enabler for better public policies in cities, Carl Pucci, Urban Innovation Expert

14:30 – 15:15     Satellite data to enable the use of solar energy in cities

To diminish the carbon footprint of cities, green energies shall be more and more integrated into the power grids of cities. This session will present two emerging applications based on satellite data that could support cities to increase the use of solar energy. 

Moderator: Judith Borsboom, Locality

Use of satellite data to forecast solar energy (PV) potential in cities: from solar cadaster to PV variability at urban scale, Philippe Blanc, ARMINES, France, + User City


A web service to control and manage energy supply and demand, and integrate the energy produced from solar systems into cities’ electricity grids. The examples of Athens (Greece) and Aswan (Egypt), Panagiotis Kosmopoulos, National Observatory of Athens, Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development, Greece, and Hesham El-Askary, Schmid College of Science and Technology


15:15 – 15:30     Break

15:30 – 16:15     Using satellite data to monitor Geo-Hazards and Infrastructure

Cities need to be resilient to geo-hazards such as floods, slopes and earthquakes. Soil movements are a major threat to cities’ infrastructure and inhabitants. Cities worldwide are looking for solutions to better face and mitigate the effects of geo-hazards. This session will present two emerging applications based on satellite data and signals that can support cities to face threats linked to soil subsidence. 

Moderator: Linda van Duivenbode, Groundstation DotSPACE

Assessing Geo-hazard vulnerability of Cities & Critical Infrastructures, Pablo Ezquerro Martin, Spanish Geological and Mining Institute (IGME) + Segura River Management Authority (Spain)


Earth observation data for bridge monitoring in Amsterdam, Annemarij Kooistra, Department of Engineering, City of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and Patrick Stoppelman, SkyGeo 


16:15 – 17:00     Using satellite data to monitor Urban Health

Improved city planning can effectively enhance the health of those living in urban areas. Air quality, access to green areas and green transport are some of the aspects to be prioritised to increase urban health. This session will present two emerging applications based on satellite data and signals that can support cities to become healthier. 

Moderator: Grazia M. Fiore, EURISY

Monitoring air quality in cities: the SMURBS SDG indicator 11.6.2 Earth Observation Platform, Evangelos Gerasopoulos, National Observatory of Athens 


Enhancing urban health with satellite data, Birgitte Holt Andersen, CWare, Circular Economy and David Ludlow, CURE project “Copernicus for Urban Resilience in Europe”


17:00 – 17:45     Panel discussion: Fostering the operational use of innovation in cities

Participants: Vasileios Latinos (ICLEI Europe), Linda van Duivenbode (Groundstation DotSPACE), Annemarij Kooistra (Department of Engineering, City of Amsterdam), Cristina Martinez (European Commission, DG CNECT), Evangelos Gerasopoulos (National Observatory of Athens), Emmanuel Pajot (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies),  Judith Borsboom (Locality),  Carl Pucci (Urban Innovation Expert).

Questions to be addressed:

            • How relevant are the services presented for cities? Do they respond to their operational needs?
            • How far can EU-funded projects contribute to the uptake of satellite-based services in cities?
            • What prevents the full exploitation of satellite-based services that are already on the market and that already proved their added-value?  What measures could be taken?

17:45 – 17:50    Conclusions and wrap up

Jean-Jacques Tortora, Secretary General, Eurisy