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Advancing the SMURBS ’portfolio of solutions for smart cities is the new project’s article hosted on the SciΤech Europa Quarterly Magazine, December’s edition ! Quarterly Issue 33  showcases the importance of sustainability and climate awareness, indispensable across all sectors.

Download SMURBS’ tribute by clicking here.

To access the full version of the article, visit here

Reproduced by kind permission of Pan European Networks Ltd, www.scitecheuropa.eu/

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The United Nations is currently implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, comprising of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined into targets measured with Indicators. NOA has created an online platform utilizing earth observation data to assess a specific air quality and health-related indicator (11.6.2) for all of Europe – annual mean levels of fine particulate matter in cities (population-weighted).

An ever-increasing number of Europeans lives in cities, which serve as a de facto concentration and population exposure hot spot of poor air quality. How a city is defined alters the indicator’s outcome and prohibits comparability, thus the European Commission is testing two city definitions in an effort to harmonise the concept of urbanisation.
The SDG 11.6.2 Platform utilizes Copernicus Services and the Joint Research Centre’s Global Human Settlement Layer to assess the air quality indicator across time and geographically, testing its sensitivity to the city definition, and producing a tool that goes beyond monitoring air quality to actually address the SDG goal and underlining policy implications.

Read more at http://smurbs.eu/smurbs-new-online-platform-utilizing-eo-to-calculate-population-weighted-air-pollution-sdg-11-6-2-over-ca-800-european-cities/

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SMURBS actively participated in the GEO week 2019, held in Canberra, Australia, 4-9 November 2019, by -among other- demonstrating SDG Indicator 11.6.2 Earth Observation Platform at the Showcasing European applications for policy support side event. A concrete example of EO helping cities and countries in Europe monitor and achieve the UN SDGs!

More at http://smurbs.eu/geo-week-2019-canberra-australia-4-7-november-2019/

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10-11 Octomber 2019, Brussels, Belgium

European Commission Premises (CDMA), Rue du Champ de Mars 21 Brussels

Download the agenda here

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A  stakeholders’ training set on satellite data  usage and GIS technologies, organized  by SRI in terms of World Bank Land Transparency Program, were held in Kyiv, Mykolaiv and Lviv regions of Ukraine, during May and June 2019, along with a dedicated  to journalists event, illustrating satellite land cover mapping!

More information: http://inform.ikd.kiev.ua/en/2019/04/24/gis-technologies-for-analysts-local-and-state-authorities/

http://inform.ikd.kiev.ua/en/2019/06/12/training-gis-technologies-for-analysts-and-local-authorities-lviv/

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Launch of the new H2020 project e-shape for strengthening the benefits for Europe of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) – establishing ‘EuroGEOSS’

e-shape (EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe), a new project coordinated by ARMINES and funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme was successfully launched in Cannes, France on 9-10 May 2019.

e-shape is an unprecedented initiative that brings together decades of public investment in earth observation and in cloud capabilities into services to the citizens, the industry, the decision-makers and the researchers. e-shape will promote the development and uptake of 27 cloud-based pilot applications, addressing the Sustainable Development Goals, The Paris Agreement and the Sendaï Framework. The pilots will build on GEOSS and on the Copernicus data pool and computational infrastructure.

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In November 2019, Ministers from GEO’s 105 Member governments, business leaders, heads of international non-profits and passionate experts will meet in Canberra, Australia for GEO Week 2019 and the GEO Ministerial Summit.

The week’s events will focus on ensuring data about our planet becomes a core input to our strategic economic decision making and our day-to-day business, environmental and development decisions.

http://www.earthobservations.org/geoweek19.php

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The 4th GEO Data Providers Workshop: Earth Observations-based Knowledge for International Policy Frameworks of the Group on Earth Observations international data community will be held in Vienna, Austria from 23-25 April 2019.

This year’s edition of the workshop will be focused on exploring how to best make available Earth observations-based knowledge for international policy frameworks, including the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Agreement.

https://www.earthobservations.org/me_201904_dpw.php