EO-based Smart City Decision Support Services for Integrated Urban Governance: the DECUMANUS project

Ludlow, David and Lemper, Maria and Marconcini, Mattia and Malcorps, Philippe and Metz, Annekatrin (2016) EO-based Smart City Decision Support Services for Integrated Urban Governance: the DECUMANUS project. REAL CORP 2016 – SMART ME UP! How to become and how to stay a Smart City, and does this improve quality of life? Proceedings of 21st International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 863-868.

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Urbanization is a fundamental force of change and in Europe has underpinned the flourishing of civilization for millennia. However, the 21st-century is also witnessing the impact of other societal challenges, including climate change adaptation, and mitigation, as well as the need to secure the efficient utilisation of finite resources. These societal challenges are impacting not only the social fabric of urban life, and the economy of cities, but also the civil quality of urban environments throughout Europe. It is clear that if properly governed cities can become a major part of the solutions to the growing threat of these urban challenges, and so can become economically vital, culturally vibrant, and healthy environments delivering first-class quality of life for hundreds of millions of city dwellers throughout Europe. Nonetheless, the challenge of urban governance is immense, and must address the complex and interconnected reality of urban systems to secure a proper balance between the socio-economic and environmental dynamics of urban areas. The key to effective governance of cities is the generation of the necessary intelligence to inform decision-making by city administrations and politicians, to guide urban policy making and implementation, and to inform and engage all citizens in the delivery of sustainable urban development. DECUMANUS (DEvelopment and Consolidation of geo-spatial sUstainability services for adaptation and environmental and cliMAte chaNge Urban impactS) underpins this understanding that the delivery of more sustainable cities requires the application of enhanced intelligence in urban management, to produce an effective basis for assessment of urban complexity and decision-making. The enhanced services proposed by DECUMANUS offer the potential to provide urban planners with the tools and intelligence that allow city managers to deploy geo-spatial products in the development and implementation of their climate change strategies, and more generally in meeting the diverse challenges of sustainable urban development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban Governance, Urban Intelligence, Earth Observation, Climate Change Adaptation, Urban Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 07:49
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2016 07:49
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/170

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