Things must have changed as cities have started hiring Chief Heat Officers. The summer of 2021 underlined Europe's vulnerability to extreme weather events and impacts of climate changes. We produce Urban Heat Vulnerability Indexes that help identifying people and areas that are exposed to heatwaves in cities. They support stakeholders in making the right decisions to adapt their cities to climate change and to increase their resilience.
The EC’s Destination Earth initiative aims at developing a digital twin of the Earth to monitor and simulate natural and human activity, and to develop and test scenarios that would enable more sustainable development. In the urbAIn project we investigate AI-approaches to contribute to the development of digital urban twins - virtual images of cities and their associated infrastructure combined with dynamic real-time data generated by numerous sensors.
Terranea and EOXPLORE are currently developing the Climate Change Impact on Cotton (CCIC) application which focuses on delivering climate change information relevant to the supply of cotton from around the world. Data and tools from the Copernicus Climate Data Store (CDS) are used to support the cotton industry to understand and adapt to changes in the environment and climate.
Forest ecosystems are increasingly under threat. As a result of the ongoing climate change, the frequency and intensity of disturbances are believed to further increase in the near future. This makes the set-up of a Forest Information System for Europe (FISE) a high priority. For DG Environment we investigated together with our colleagues from BOKU Vienna and UC Louvain the possible contribution of Earth Observation to the FISE by reviewing the available scientific literature and by summarizing existing operational attempts at European and global level.
Spatial data is typically visualised as maps. We believe that today's AI-technologies provide us with great new opportunities beyond maps and we investigated the use of AI-based voice assistants for that purpose during our ESA funded heatwAIve project. A voice assistant was developed to inform people about heatwave risks and high air pollution levels. The necessary input data was derived from Copernicus EO-imagery and services.
Building on the legacy of 30 years of CORINE Land Cover, the upcoming CLC+ product suite will bring a true paradigm change in land cover/land use monitoring. As a first step the production of the CLC+ Backbone was recently kicked off at EEA in Copenhagen. We are proud being part of this important project in a great team of 14 European partners under the lead of GAF AG Munich.
Cities face major challenges in providing efficient mobility options. E-Mopeds have become a trend in recent years. They run emission- and noise-free, have small size and can contribute to redesign today's urban mobility. Traditional routing apps are made for cars or bicycles. However, mopeds are subject to specific traffic regulations and thus require dedicated routing. We recently developed a moped routing prototype helping to guide drivers safely through cities.