The quality of urban life and the functioning of the city depends on the quality with which the cities are shaped, restructured and transformed toward a sustainable city. One attractive and efficient way to guide this transformation is by developing urban green places which will mitigate the effects of climate change helping cities to become more resilient to be able to tackle these challenges. Green infrastructure such as urban parks are critical components of urban sustainability and resilience. Urban Green encompasses places with ‘natural surfaces’ or ‘natural settings’, but may also include specific types of urban greenery, such as street trees, and may also include ‘blue space’ which represents water elements ranging from ponds to coastal zones. Typical green spaces in urban areas are public parks, woodlands, children’s play areas, non‐amenity areas (such as roadside verges) and riverside footpaths.
With this new opportunity, in collaboration with several European cities, ESA aims to support the development of innovative space-based applications which can contribute to whether and to what extent urban trees and other green spaces can be effectively integrated into smart city planning and urban green management, be monitored regarding their health status and air quality in the surroundings and preserved as natural capital to maximise benefits for all living beings.
Key focus areas
- Design and planning of urban green spaces
- Management of urban green spaces
- Urban green impact indicators
As a specific use case, some cities in the Ruhr Area District in Germany, could make available during the study the whole set of data or only the ones that are relevant depending on the services which is going to be analysed.
ESA is looking for teams that have identified potentially attractive market opportunities for users and customers in the Urban Green sector. Motivation, business experience and domain expertise are all important features. We want to hear about your ideas for developing related commercially viable, technically feasible business ideas that involve either space technology or space data. For this call, companies residing in the following Member States will be eligible to apply: (AT, BE, CH, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, HU, IE, IT, LU, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SE).
There will be a webinar on this opportunity on 8 September 2021, at 11:00 CEST
- Opening date: 1 October 2021
- Closing date: 11 November 2021