UP42 announces the Copernicus Masters Challenge for Sustainable Urban Planning

The European Commission and other international public entities have implemented several urban development projects to address critical issues related to sprawl, such as unemployment, segregation and poverty. UP42 and Airbus are now calling on developers and researchers from around the world to create algorithms and analyzes capable of providing decision-makers with better quantitative information, with a particular focus on ecology.

“We are on a mission to democratize Earth observation data and information,” Wiid said. “We want to give urban planning experts and decision makers easier access to data to develop and scale solutions faster, removing the technical and business barriers that can slow progress in making cities and communities healthier. green and more livable by 2030,” he added.

In recent years, the Copernicus program – the European Union’s own EO program – has grown by leaps and bounds. The information services provided by the program are free and freely accessible. “The economic value that has been generated on top of this data by companies building solutions or providing consulting services is enormous,” Wiid said. geospatial world in August 2021. Not only has it proven to be a boon for commercial and private users, but it has also benefited the scientific community, policy makers and researchers.

Remote sensing is an essential tool for performing in-depth large-scale analysis to effectively make cities more sustainable by considering the entire ecosystem of a city. However, Literature shows that the level of integration between remote sensing, town planning and ecology can still be improved.