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BEYOND funded under:

FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1

Activity: 4.1

Unlocking and developing the research potential of research entities established in the EU’s Convergence regions and Outermost regions.

Call Identifier:

Integration of research entities from the EU’s Convergence and Outermost regions in the ERA and enhancement of their innovation potential.

Project GA number: 316210

Total Budget: 2305650 €

Duration: 3 years (2013-2016)

 

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The highlights of the workshop can be seen in the following presentation:

Athens Urban Workshop Highlights Athens Urban Workshop Highlights

Overview

For the first time ever, the majority of the world's population lives in a city, and this proportion continues to grow. Thus, it is critical that the urban environment be monitored for growth and change through time around the globe. Urbanization is an important component of local, regional and global environmental change, and has significant ecological, biophysical, social, climatological, and health impacts. These effects are further amplified by the temporal duration of urban changes that tend to last for decades and are often irreversible. Key to monitoring urbanization and its impacts on the environment, therefore, are remote sensing data from orbiting Earth observation satellites.

Urban extent and properties identified through remote sensing when combined with census datasets, provide a wealth of information necessary for assessment of population vulnerability to various hazards (earthquakes, floods, heat waves etc.). With global climate models suggesting that the intensity and frequency of heat waves will increase in the future, and with the majority of the global population living in cities where temperatures are higher that surrounding areas, it becomes evident that the continuous monitoring and measurement of urban temperatures and the subsequent impacts on human health, becomes an issue of high importance to human welfare and the overall biophysical environment.

A high-level targeted two-day workshop is scheduled to be held in Athens, Greece, on 31 March-1 April 2014 to promote scientific exchange and interdisciplinary collaborations. The workshop is organized within the framework of BEYOND “Building Capacity for a Centre of Excellence for EO-based monitoring of Natural Disasters”, European Union FP7-REGPOT- 2012-2013-1.

**Participation by Invitation Only**

 

Keynote Speakers (Confirmed):

  • Prof. Dimosthenis Asimakopoulos, f. Rector National Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Dr. Dale Quattrochi, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Earth Science Office, Co-Lead of GEO Global Urban Observations Task
  • Prof. Qihao Weng, Department of Earth & Environmental Systems, and Director of Center for Urban and Environmental Change, Indiana State University, Leader of GEO Global Urban Observations Task

Scientific Committee:

  • Dr. Iphigenia Keramitsoglou, Senior Researcher, IAASARS National Observatory of Athens, Scientific contributor of GEO Global Urban Observations Task
  • Prof. Qihao Weng, Department of Earth & Environmental Systems, and Director of Center for Urban and Environmental Change, Indiana State University, Leader of GEO Global Urban Observations Task
  • Dr. Dale Quattrochi, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Earth Science Office, Co-Lead of GEO Global Urban Observations Task

 

Local Organizing Committee:

  • Dr. Iphigenia Keramitsoglou, IAASARS/NOA
  • Ms. Eleni Christia, IAASARS/NOA
  • Mr. Themistoklis Herekakis, IAASARS/NOA
  • Mr. Panagiotis Sismanidis, IAASARS/NOA

 

Urban Monitoring From Space  is organised in the framework of the project BEYOND - "Building Capacity for a Centre of Excellence for EO-based monitoring of Natural Disasters" has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1), in the framework of the project BEYOND, under Grant Agreement No. 316210  EU contribution: 2.400,000 EURO.