[SDI-Europe] Urban Atlas: Europe's eye in the sky provides cities with tools for smart development
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Urban Atlas: Europe's eye in the sky provides cities with tools for smart development
This year, for the first time, 185 cities from all 27 EU Member States, will benefit from the "Urban Atlas", which has been produced by the European Commission and Member States with the support of European space technology. Compiled from thousands of satellite photographs, the Urban Atlas provides detailed and cost-effective digital mapping, ensuring that city planners have the most up-to-date and accurate data available on land use and land cover. The Urban Atlas will enable urban planners to better assess risks and opportunities, ranging from threat of flooding and impact of climate change, to identifying new infrastructure and public transport needs. All cities in the EU will be covered by the Urban Atlas by 2011.
The first edition of the Urban Atlas will be delivered in 2009 to 185 cities. The Urban Atlas covers all EU capitals and a large sample of large and medium-sized cities participating in the European Urban Audit ( http://www.urbanaudit.org/index.aspx ), a data collection covering over 300 cities in the EU. Future editions of the Urban Atlas are planned in 3-5 year intervals, to complement the Urban Audit exercise. The Urban Audit is co-financed by the European Commission and managed in close consultation with National Statistical Institutes in all EU Member States.
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