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DECUMANUS Report Summary

Project ID: 607183
Funded under: FP7-SPACE
Country: Spain

Final Report Summary - DECUMANUS (DEVELOPMENT AND CONSOLIDATON OF GEOSPATIAL SUSTAINIBILITY SERVICES FOR ADAPTATION TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE URBAN IMPACTS)

Executive Summary:
DECUMANUS had a principal objective to develop and consolidate a set of sustainable services that allows city managers to incorporate geo-spatial products and geo-information services in their climate and environmental change strategies to support the sustainable management of the cities of Europe. The specification of the service portfolio and service sustainability had been based upon the strong engagement of the city users throughout project development and their commitment in relation to the validation activities. The project has been built upon previous research and development results and GMES products, generated by the project partners and others entities, supported by full users engagement with the project partner cities, and externally via the Stakeholder Board, and finally, underpinned by rigorous sustainability assessment and business case.

Project Context and Objectives:
DECUMANUS had a principal objective to develop and consolidate a set of sustainable services that allows city managers to incorporate geo-spatial products and geo-information services in their climate and environmental change strategies to support the sustainable management of the cities of Europe. The specification of the service portfolio and service sustainability had been based upon the strong engagement of the city users throughout project development and their commitment in relation to the validation activities. The project has been built upon previous research and development results and GMES products, generated by the project partners and others entities, supported by full users engagement with the project partner cities, and externally via the Stakeholder Board, and finally, underpinned by rigorous sustainability assessment and business case.
DECUMANUS portfolio of information services addresses the key political concerns for Europe’s cities including climate change impacts, monitoring of land-use development and urban sprawl, assessment of urban energy efficiency and securing healthy urban environments for all citizens including the vulnerable young and increasingly ageing population of Europe, specified as follows:
• Urban Climate Atlas (temperature / wind / humidity / precipitation / air pollution / energy balance / impact assessment);
• Land Monitoring (Urban Atlas change detection / green cover fraction / urban ecosystem);
• Energy Efficiency (hotspots / insulation / solar panels / light mapping)
• Citizen Health (forecast of health impact according with different scenarios)
• Water Quality (chlorophyll, turbidity, CDOM, Tª, etc)
All these products can be accessed and manage using the Decumanus Geoportal demonstrator, and advances portal with analytics capabilities.
Nodaway, it can be stated that DECUMANUS has fulfilled theirs objectives and that it has successfully entered in a commercial phase. Its philosophy is already participating in the Urban Management market, in free competition with existing ideas, services and visions of the market. Last trends technology inclusion to fulfil users’ needs from different points of view has been crucial to achieve this success. In this way, final DECUMANUS services can be now connected with Internet of Thinks works, Smart cities solutions, Big Data Analysis, and exploitation.
Another remarkable aspect of the results of the project is that also private companies have been engaged in the DECUMANUS framework, covering new market niches and promoting innovation in WO urban products applications.
Finally, private and public institutions have allowed the Decumanus Consortium to create innovative and highly technology downstream services. These downstream services have been demonstrated using some demo uses cases developed during the last months of the project and especially after the final Workshop in Madrid.
During the project, several European Directives have been studied in indeed for several countries, including the implementation at local level of most of them:
• Directive 2012/27/EU of the European parliament and of the council of 25 October 2012 for Energy Efficiency Directive;
• Directive 2009/28/CE of the European Parliament and the Council, 23th April 2009 for the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources;
• European Energy Strategy 20-20-20 and the Roadmap 2030-2050;
• European Directive 2010/31/UE for Zero emissions buildings;
• European Directive 2012/27/UE –Article 4 and 5 for rehabilitation of buildings;
• European Directive 2008/50 and 2004/107 about Air Quality;
• Municipalities Urban planning and strategies for mitigation and adaptation of the cities for mitigation and adaptation to the climate change.

These directives and plans have been the main driver of the products and downstream services final and future definitions.
The original portfolio was grouped into 2 levels: Basic (or Strategic) and Premium Services. First level devoted to citizen level information publicly available over the web and with aims of self-sustainability in future years. The second level is devoted to services for city managers as requested and defined by them because their sustainability is subject to commercial operations for public administration and/or private sector.
An advanced Geoportal with analytics capacities have been developed. This Geoportal was defined to satisfy the user´s needs regarding products and services accessibility and exploitation requirements.

The project objectives in terms of services definition and downstream service fostering has been achieved and even overcome, creating a solid layer for downstream services development with high commercial opportunities. This fact has be possible thanks to the inclusion of technological improvements that make possible the immediate connections with Internet of Thinks (IoT), Social media impact and Big Data exploitation and applications, not forgetting the Smart cities solutions, in which platforms, Decumanus products could be included almost by default.
Three opened workshops were developed during this second phase of the project: Milan (18-19th March 2015), Antwerpen (12-13th November 2015) and a Final Workshop in Madrid city (19-20th May 2016), all of the hosted by the corresponding city users participating in the project.

Project Results:
To summary, the technical objectives of this second part of the project were:
• Define Premium services together with city users
• Implement the selected products
• Develop a project advances Geoportal, with high technological challenges
• Make users and stakeholders test the results
• Develop a proper business model and work in the corresponding agreement between partners of the consortium
• develop scientific dissemination
• Start commercial actions in the segments with more potentiality in this moment: energy efficiency, Health impact and
To select the best products to be developed during the second phase of the project, and according with the methodology developed to involve city users in this definition, it was opened a consultation to the 5 city users participating in the project. These results helped to define the most successful products and services.
Finally, seven DECUMANUS services has been defined and the activity of the second year has been focused on the following Premium Level services development:

Figure 1: DECUMANUS final services (Basic and Premium mode)
The products defined and developed for the second phase of the project (Premium Serivces) are listed below:
• Urban Climate Atlas:
o Total Precipitation
o Temperature
o Heat Waves
o Pedestrian Wind and Thermal Comfort
o Daily Max & Min Temperature
o Tropical Nights
o Summer Days
o Energy fluxes
• Air Quality:
o Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)
o Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
o Nitrogen Monosxide (NO)
o Carbon Monoxide (CO)
o Ozone (O3)
o Particle Matter 10mm (PM10)
o EC
o Annual number of exceedances EU directive(Total)
o Non-attainment grid cells EU directive

• Health impact:
o Changes in Respiratory Hospital Admissions (%)
o Changes in Cardiovascular Hospital Admissions (%)
o Changes in Respiratory Hospital Admissions (%)
o Increase in Mortality – All causes (%)
o Increase in Mortality – Cardiovascular causes (%)
o Increase in Mortality – Respiratory causes (%)
o Increase in Mortality +65 years – All causes (%)
o Increase in Mortality +65 years – Cardiovascular causes (%)
o Increase in Mortality +65 years – Respiratory causes (%)
o Changes in mortality – All causes (%)
o Changes in mortality – All Cardiovascular causes (%)
o Changes in mortality – All Respiratory causes (%)
o Exposure variables:
▪ O3, PM10, NO2, EC
▪ Heat waves, Apparent temperature
o Mortality and morbidity economical cost

• Land Monitoring:
o Potential Green Roof Mapping
o Current green roof and status
o Tree Location and Canopy Mapping

• City Energy Efficiency:
o Termography: using aerial flights
o Heat loss Light emission: ISS data and aerial flight
o Light emission: aerial data
o Photovoltaic potential map and CO2 saving (photovoltaics)

• Water Quality: Premium products have not been finally developed, although algorithms and have been established and tested indirectly for VHR satellites and Sentinel data. These works will continuous under other internal R+D activities.

• Population impact:
o Population distribution: day/night
o Simulation of some disaster events: Flood scenarios simulation for Helsinki.
The original portfolio was grouped into 2 levels: Basic (or Strategic) and Premium Services. First level devoted to citizen level information publicly available over the web and with aims of self-sustainability in future years. The second level is devoted to services for city mangers as requested and defined by them because their sustainability is subject to commercial operations for public administration and/or private sector.
Nevertheless, as it has been mentioned before, the most important impact of the project have been the high number of potential downstream services currently identified and under commercial prospection and even development.
In order to address the user requirements definition adequately two workshops have been organized in Milan, Antwerp and a final event in Madrid, in all cases with the support of high-level representatives of the organizing city. A Stakeholder Board has been collaborating in order to give advice about the utility and applications of Premium services.
An economic model and a business plan for Premium services has been developed and validated. These documents have served to address the marketing activity of the product and the commercial effort in the first phase of the project.

DECUMANUS has demonstrated a clear potential to significantly enhance the operation and capacities of urban planning in relation to the assessment and management of climate related and other environmental variables at the local level. It has in fact, demonstrating, an clear impact on the service chain of the targeted community, providing the basis for a significant uptake of the service products, and thereby create the conditions for self-sustaining development.
During the first phase a basic Geoportal for visualization of products were developed; however, during the second phase, learning from users opinions during the phase I, it was decided to transform this mere viewer of data into a Geoportal with advanced analysis capacities. In this way, customers and users will be able to exploit all the complexity of the data in an easy way without having the GIS knowledge or additional software tools. The Decuamnus advanced Georpotal is accessible in :
URL: http://13.69.188.58/decumanus
User: decumanus
Password: decumanus_2016

The technology under this Geoportal will allow the immediate connection with Internet of Thinks applications, Big Data exploitation techniques and Social media data, and this is one of the key points of the current and future downstream services derived from DECUMANUS.

In addition to this, a website address of the project is www.decumanus-fp7.eu . This site content updated information about the project objectives and status, examples of the products, promotional leaflets, Scientifics publications and has a restricted partners section.

Finally, a strong dissemination and commercial effort have been carried out by project partners, especially during the last months of the project. This effort include European activities and outside Europe prospectives.

Expected final results and their potential impact and use (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications )
DECUMANUS proposal was submitted under the "Stimulating development of downstream services and service evolution" topic for EO services.
In this regards, the projects has fully achieve this objective. A relevant number of potential downstream services, not only concerning Smart cities and public adminsintrtions, but other applications more related with private companies interests, have been identified an, in particular cases, demonstrated thought use cases in the final stage of the project.

Premium Services include datasets, indicators, models, etc. developed and specified according to substantial engagement with the local planning communities and/or the use of local information. Thus, the services have been provided on demand.

One of the main challenges have been how to introduce the services in the typical workflow of a city particular department, or how to do it, involving the whole administration. Development of demonstration cases and downstream services have faced this challenge with considerable success.
From the beginning, DECUMANUS has indeed the clear potential to significantly enhance the operations and capacities of urban planning in relation to the assessment and management of climate related and other environmental variables at the local level. As a result, these project products have had a considerable impact on the service chain of the targeted community, and have provided the basis for significant uptake of the service products, and thereby created the conditions for self-sustaining development services delivery.

The final activities of the project have demonstrated the potential successful impact of Decumanus products and services, under their current definition, on the following sectors:
• Public administration - Monitoring, updating and implementing of Directives and legislation at National and local level.
• Public administration - Smart cities: creating new services for citizens adn new relationship between citizens (including private sector) and administration
• Private sector: improving the knowledge about their current and potential customer, improvement the efficiency of their services, locating their potential new customers and creaing new valuable services (new business) or new business models.
• Citizens: getting information about climate change impact in theirs lifes, knowing what the related policies consist on.

Potential Impact:
1.- Dissemination Plan
Within the DECUMANUS dissemination plan a number of actions are identified to raise awareness about the DECUMANUS project and its results in the user cities as well as on EU level. All relevant stakeholders, policy makers and the relevant public are targeted and engaged as fully as possible. All project partners have taken, in addition, an active role in spreading the news about DECUMANUS in their own communities and countries. This is a very effective way of producing a multiplier effect. Partners can use existing lines of communications and their own reputation to raise awareness, and thereby stimulate new and perhaps unexpected contacts with potential end users.
The objectives of this work package are:
− Dissemination of project results (lead: GeoVille, contribution from all participants)
o project public web site – WebGIS
o presentations and papers at conferences workshops
o publications in online and paper journals
o electronic white paper show cases
o content for community web sites and forums
− Engagement of European and International stakeholders of Copernicus (lead: UWE)
− Engagement of the public at the large (lead: GeoVille, contribution from all participants)
o DECUMANUS communication expert time
o publicly available dissemination products
o city related public media events and opportunities in the targeted cities
− Coordination with other projects (lead: UWE, contribution from all participants)

1.1 DECUMANUS identity
A visual identity of the project was developed. Such visual identity is defined by the project logo (see Figure 2), which aids instant public recognition of the project and its aims. It is used in all dissemination tools and printed materials.

1.2 Dissemination activities
Dissemination is a means to support goal of the project exploitation, and adequate dissemination of the project results is a top priority and constantly in focus throughout the project lifetime. The project conducted and supported numerous targeted dissemination activities, e.g. participation to meetings dealing with communication and promotion activities in the cities involved in the project and spreading of the obtained results.

1.2.1 DECUMANUS website
Website entry: www.decumanus-fp7.eu
Website exposure is guaranteed via a dedicated domain name, an active cross-referencing from all partner web sites and search engines. The website is flexible and progressively enriched with information as the work evolves. Website content is frequently updated. The website is technically maintained by GeoVille, which is also responsible for the contents including continuous updates.
The website includes the following main elements:
− Home
o Project Background
− Solution:
o Services
▪ Land Monitoring
▪ Energy efficiency
▪ Urban Climate Atlas
▪ Citizen Health
▪ Population Impact Assessment
o Web-GIS
− City show cases
o Overview
o Antwerp
o Helsinki,
o RBKC (London)
o Madrid
o Milan
− Documents
o Publications
o PR Material
− Activities
o Agenda
o Events
− About
o Contacts
o Links
Figure 3: DECUMANUS website

2.2.1 LinkedIn Group
Additional to the website, a DECUMANUS LinkedIn® group has been created (Figure 4), to foster communication with interested individuals and organisations from outside and to establish a presence on frequently used web platform for professional networking.

1.2.2 DECUMANUS WebGIS
In order to present the products and services created in the DECUMANUS project, a WebGIS has been set up and is hosted and maintained by INDRA. The WebGIS is based on OpenSource and can be accessed through the DECUMANUS website. The WebGIS hosts and presents the datasets for the single DECUMANUS cities, and is tightly connected with WP 4.1.

Figure 5: DECUMANUS WebGIS (v1)
1.2.3 Publications
Paper based dissemination is undertaken through publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings, specialised sectorial magazines focused on public administration, and through the issuing of selected press releases.
2016
− R. San Jose, J.L. Perez, R.M. Gonzalez & L. Perez, “Dynamical Downscaling Tool For Climate Impacts Over Urban Areas”, Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Education and Social Science, January 2016, pp. 6-11.
− R. San José, J. L. Pérez, R. M. González, J. Pecci , A. Garzón & M. Palacios, “Very High Resolution Impact Assessment of Global Climate Scenarios Over European Cities”, International Proceedings of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Vol. 91, January 2016, pp. 77-85.
− R. San José, J. L. Pérez, R. M. González , J. Pecci , A Garzón & M. Palacios, “Impacts of the 4.5 and 8.5 RCP global climate scenarios on urban meteorology and air quality: Application to Madrid, Antwerp, Milan, Helsinki and London”, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics Vol. 293, February 2016, pp. 192-207.
− R. San José, J. L. Pérez, L. Pérez, R. M. González, J. Pecci, A. Garzón & M. Palacios, “Impact of the Global Climate on Building Energy Consumption Using Very High Resolution Urban Climate Atlas”, Procedings of the Fifth International Conference On Advances in Applied Science and Environmental Engineering - ASEE 2016, March 2016, pp. 24-28.
− R. San José, J. L. Pérez, L. Pérez, R. M. González, J. Pecci, A. Garzón, M. Palacios & L. Suchenwirth, “Health impacts of the urban climate and air quality under two different IPCC scenarios”, International Journal Of Fluids And Heat Transfer (IJFHT), Vol. 1, Issue 1, March 2016,pp. 1-14.
− R. San José, J. L. Pérez, R. M. González, J. Pecci, A. Garzón, M. Palacios & L. Pérez, “Impact of climate change in urban meteorology and energy demand”, Renewable Energy and Power Quality Journal, Vol. 14, May 2016.
− D. Ludlow, M. Lemper, M. Marconcini, P. Malcorps & A. Metz, “EO-based Smart City Decision Support Services for Integrated Urban Governance: the DECUMANUS project”, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society, 22-24 June 2016.
− M. Marconcini & A. Metz, “A suite of novel EO-based products in support of urban green planning”, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society, 22-24 June 2016.

2015
− M. Marconcini, A. Metz, J. Zeidler & T. Esch, "Urban Monitoring in Support of Sustainable Cities", Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE205), April 2015, Lausanne, Switzerland, pp. 1-4.
− R. San José, J. L. Pérez, J. Pecci, A. Garzón & M. Palacios, “Urban Climate Impact Analysis using WRF-chem and diagnostic downscaling techniques: Antwerp, Helsinki, London, Madrid and Milan case studies”, Proceedings of the VII. Atmospheric Science Symposium, Vol. 27, April 2015, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 223-247.
− R. San José, Juan Luis Pérez, L. Pérez, R. M. González, J. Pecci, A. Garzón & M. Palacios, “Regional and urban downscaling of global climate scenarios for health impact assessments”, Física de la Tierra., Vol 27, 2015: Meteorological, Climate and Air Quality Applications. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, pp. 223-247.
− R. San José, J. L. Pérez, L. Pérez, R. M. González & A. Garzón, “Evaluation and application a new approach for downscaling climate change projections over urban areas and its implications on health”, International Journal of Engineering and Innovative Technology (IJEIT). Volume 5, Issue 6, December 2015, pp. 70-77.

2014
− T. Esch, M. Marconcini, A. Felbier, W. Heldens & A. Roth, "Adding a New Dimensions to Global Urban Observations - Inventory of Human Settlements Pattern and Urban Morphology Using VHR SAR Data of the TanDEM-X Mission", Proceedings of the 2014 3rd International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications (EORSA2014), June 2014, Changsha, China, pp. 176-179.
− M. Marconcini, A. Metz, T. Esch & J. Zeidler, "Global Urban Growth Monitoring by Means of SAR Data," Proceedings of the 2014 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS2014), July 2014, Quebec, Canada, pp. 1477-1480.
− R. San José, J. L. Pérez, J. Pecci, A. Garzón & M. Palacio, “Comparison between different dynamical downscaling methods using WRF/chem for urban applications: Madrid case study”, Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Harmonization within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes, September 2014, Varna, Bulgaria, pp. 399-404.
− R. San José, J. L. Pérez, , J. Pecci, A. Garzón & M. Palacio, “Climate Downscaling Processes using WRF/chem and CALMET modelling systems: Madrid case study”, Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE/ACM 7th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing, December 2014, pp. 830-835.
− T. Esch, M. Marconcini, D. Marmanis, J. Zeidler, S. Elsayed, A. Metz, A. Müller & S. Dech, “Dimensioning urbanization – An advanced procedure for characterizing human settlement properties and patterns using spatial network analysis”, Applied Geography, Vol. 55, December 2014, pp. 212-228.
− A. Garzón, M. Palacios, J. Pecci & Z. Khan, “Using Space-based Downstream Services for Urban Management in Smart Cities”, Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE/ACM 7th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing, December 2014, pp. 818-823.
In the final year of the project additional focus has be given to magazines that are read by potential customers, including application related magazines like GeoConnexion. This strategy is reflected by the publication list above, which includes mainly contributions by the scientific partners of the project, while GeoVille as a dissemination and exploitation specialist strengthened its presence when applications were ready for commercialization.

1.2.4 Content for community websites and forums
Content for community websites and forums was development in coordination with the individual project partners.

1.3 Promotion material
During the first half of the project promotional materials were produced in order to raise awareness about DECUMANUS and to support public events. These publicly available dissemination materials include a brochure as well as a poster (which is currently in the design phase) to support project dissemination at conferences and fairs. The promotional material was in the second year revised with a new design and new images from project results. All promotion material can be downloaded from the DECUMANUS website as pdfs.

1.3.1 Brochure
The brochure is written in an easy-to-understand language and provides information about the consortium, the overall project goals and the services and products. The brochure (Figure 6) is tri-fold with dimensions of DIN A4 and targets a large spectrum of users, professionals, technicians, and policy makers. The brochure has been printed (500 pieces) and distributed among project partners.
http://www.decumanus-fp7.eu/fileadmin/documents/DECUMANUS_Folder.pdf

1.3.2 Service Inlets

Furthermore, service inlets were produced to present the services in more detail (Figure 7).
1.3.3 Poster
In addition to the brochure, GeoVille produced a poster in A0-format (84 x 118 cm). This poster (Figure 8) is used to present DECUMANUS at exhibition booths or within the consortium partners’ organisations.
Further posters were designed in the wake of public events, such as trade fairs, exhibitions, and user meetings.

2.2.3 PR activities
The consortium has identified and exploited city related public media events and opportunities in the project cities. These included media such as newspaper articles and press releases, which are relevant to the DECUMANUS services.
DECUMANUS was featured in the following newsletter
− EUROCITIES Newsletter June 2016
− CEMR Green Update May 2016
− Copernicus Observer Issue September 2015
Press releases:
− Website of Kensington & Chelsea
− Website of HMA

1.3.4 Event participation
In addition to meetings in the user cities, personal contacts developed through attendance at workshops, conferences, fairs and exhibitions further promote awareness of DECUMANUS and disseminate project results. Networking remains a crucial way to share and exchange professional experience and ensure provision of up-to-date information about latest research developments.
All project partners have taken action to maximize dissemination of project-related work through professional conferences, workshops, special events and demonstrations. The consortium partners have presented intermediate results at a number of events to raise awareness about the project goals and application developments.

Table 1: Event Participation
Representative Presentation of paper/ Exhibit/ Workshop Event Location Date
UPM Oral Presentation 9th International Conference on Air Quality - Science and Application Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 03/2014
UWE, GeoVille Presentation of DECUMANUS project and tools Smart Green City Conference Bristol, UK 04/2014
UPM Oral Presentation & Poster Urban Environment Pollution – Climate change and urban environment Toronto, Canada 06/2014
DLR Presentation Third International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications
(EORSA 2014) Changsha, China
06/2014
DLR Presentation International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2014) Quebec, Canada 07/2014
UPM Presentation 16th International Conference on "Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes" Varna, Bulgaria 09/2014
EUR Poster 20th INTERGEO conference (conference and trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management) Berlin, DE 10/2014
UWE, Indra, UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers 7th IEEE ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing London, UK 12/2014
UPM VII. Atmospheric Science Symposium Istanbul , Turkey 04/2015
DLR Presentation, conference proceedings paper Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE205) Lausanne, Switzerland 04/2015
UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers Joint Assembly AGU-GAC-MAC-CGU Montreal, Canada 05/2015
UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers ECCA EXPO Copenhagen, Denmark 05/2015
UWE, Indra Presentations, conference proceedings papers REAL CORP: 20th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society Gent, Belgium 06/2015
UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers 5th Low Carbon Earth Summit 2015
Xi'an, China 09/15
DLR Poster presentation Mapping Urban Areas from Space (MUAS) Conference Frascati, Rome, Italy 11/15
UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers EOGC-GiT4NDM Conference United Arab Emirates University 12/15
UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers 2nd International Conference on Computational Methods in Engineering and Health Sciences University Putra Malaysia 12/15
UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers International Conference on Climate Change and Humanity (ICCCH 2016) Pattaya, Thailand 01/16
UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers 10th International Conference on Chemical and Environmental Science Auckland, New Zealand 03/16
UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers 5th International Conference On Advances in Applied Science and Environmental Engineering - ASEE 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 03/16
GeoVille Poster presentation URBAN FUTURES global conference Graz, Austria 03/16
INDRA, UWE Presentation – stakeholder workshop URBIS Stakeholder Review Brussels, Belgium 03/16
UWE, INDRA (finally not attending) Presentation – stakeholder workshop CEMR Congress Nicosia, Cyprus 04/16
UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers 17th International Conference on Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes Budapest, Hungary 05/16
UPM Presentations, conference proceedings papers INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE ENERGIES AND POWER QUALITY (ICREPQ'16) Madrid, Spain 05/16
CWARE Presentation at conference booth Adaptation Futures Rotterdam, Netherlands 05/16
Indra Presentation of Decumanus project Workshop about Climate Change and Atmosphere. Organised by CDTI (Center of Industrial and technological Development, Spanish focal point for R+D). and ECMWF. Madrid, Spain 05/16
GeoVille, UWE, DLR Presentations, conference proceedings papers REAL CORP: 21st International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society Hamburg, Germany 06/2016
UWE, Indra (finally not attending) Presentations Green Digital Charter 06/2016

1.4 Overview of dissemination channels
The various channels and media used in the project for dissemination purposes are selected and adapted according to the intended audience or target groups. Table 1 shows the media used for each target group:

Table 2: Dissemination channels
Target Group/
Tool EC Politicians Public administrations (e.g. urban planners) Scientists General public
Deliverables
- restricted x
Deliverables
- public x
Website x x x x x
Publications x x x
Promotion Material x x x
PR Activities x x x
Event Participation x x x
Workshops x x x x

2 Engagement of European and international stakeholders
2.1 Stakeholder Workshops
A Stakeholder Board was established by UWE. Communication with the Stakeholder Board is maintained via a direct dialogue with the members during the Stakeholder Board meetings/workshops. During the stakeholder board meetings/workshops the approach and progress of the project was discussed, to get stakeholder board members input, to involve them in the evaluation of the results, and to communicate through them or their organizations the DECUMANUS results to the wider community. In terms of dissemination the stakeholder board network has been invaluable in identifying potential customers, to be directly addressed with suitable information activities.
The main aim was to:
• communicate the project results to the urban planning community,
• explore the potential for service provision,
• disseminate and mainstream the project results, as well as
• focus on capacity building.

On the following stakeholder workshops DECUMANUS was represented:
− Stakeholder Workshop on Smart City Integrated Urban Governance (21/22 April 2016); Nicosia, Cyprus
− Stakeholder Workshop on Smart City Integrated Urban Governance (15 March 2016); Brussels, Belgium
− Stakeholder Workshop on Smart City Integrated Urban Governance (19/20 November 2015); Antwerp, Belgium
− Smart Green Cities: Integrating Urban Governance Workshop (1/2/3 April 2014); Bristol, UK

All these stakeholder workshops provided a unique opportunity to enhance capacity for various stakeholder groups including the municipalities, as well as industry, researchers etc.

2.2 City User Workshops
The user cities host DECUMANUS user workshops during the project. These meetings were used for project exchange activities, but also to present the DECUMANUS solutions to the city administration and its specific departments, thus to extend dialogue between service providers and user cities. At the same time these cities served to present the DECUMANUS Services and products and provided practical examples for wider dissemination to cities throughout Europe.
All five DECUMANUS user cities Antwerp, Helsinki, RBKC (London), Madrid and Milan hosted meetings during the project:
− RBKC (30/31 January 2014)
− Helsinki (05/06 June 2014)
− Milan (16/17 March 2015)
− Antwerp (12/13 November 2015)
− Madrid (19/20 May 2016)

2.3 Database for key project contacts
A database of key project contacts was maintained and updated as the project progressed in order to maintain contact with as many potential customers as possible. This database includes:
• project partners including all persons involved in the project
• DECUMANUS Stakeholder Board
• all contacts gathered from the website
• all contacts gathered at event participations
• all DECUMANUS host city users
• all potential new DECUMANUS host city users

2.4 Collaboration with other projects
The consortium also maximised liaison with other on-going projects to exploit opportunities for knowledge exchange, and for improving dissemination among the target audience. A further objective in respect of this liaison is the development of potential synergies for the technical work.
DECUMANUS cooperation with other EU funded projects is identified in the following table which shows related interests and actions for engagement taken. Project partners are also involved in a number of related national and regional projects. Below are members of the other project consortia identified, and therefore act as the prime channel of communication between the projects.
Table 3: Coordination with other EU projects
Project Name Programme Contacts (intern/extern) Related interests Relevance for joint activities
urbanAPI
(http://urbanapi.eu/)
FP7 David Ludlow, UWE
Maria Lemper, GeoVille Urban ICT enabled Applications urbanAPI project completed Nov. 2014
Urban-Nexus
(http://urban-nexus.eu/)
FP7 David Ludlow, UWE Coordination action with special focus on Integrated Urban Management. Common interest in development of enhanced urban governance process. Joint meeting of the two projects took place to coincide with the urban Nexus Dialogue Cafe held in Bristol, March 2014. Urban –Nexus project completed Aug 2014.
SEISMIC
(seismicproject.eu) FP7 David Ludlow, UWE Coordination action with special focus on fostering social innovation in support of urban governance transformation. Common interest in development of enhanced urban governance process. Strong potential for joint development workshops and dissemination events.

European Topic Centre – Urban Land and Soil
(bd.eionet.europa.eu) European Environment Agency, Multi-Annual Programme 2014-2018 David Ludlow, UWE Common interest in development of new indicators and assessments supporting integrated urban governance. Strong potential for joint development workshops and dissemination events.

Smarticipate Horizon 2020 David Ludlow, UWE
Maria Lemper GeoVille Common interest in development of enhanced urban governance process. Strong potential for joint development workshops and dissemination events. Joint session at the 21st REAL CORP Conference in June 2016.
URBIS project. Presentation in final URBIS project workshop.
1. (www.ict-urbis.eu )
FP7-ICT David Ludlow, UWE
Birgitte Holt Andersen, CWare
Julia Pecci, Indra Discussion of commonalities and complementarities: URBIS, Cities keys and Decumanus We agree to continuous working together with establishing new initiatives.
Cities Keys project. Presentation in final URBIS workshop.
(http://www.citykeys-project.eu/ )
Horizon 2020 David Ludlow, UWE
Birgitte Holt Andersen, CWare
Julia Pecci, Indra Discussion of commonalities and complementarities: URBIS, Cities keys and Decumanus We agree to continuous working together to establish new initiatives.
Specific meeting in agenda for end June 2016
1. 10th GEO European Projects Workshop 2016 (https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/geo-european-projects-workshop-2016 ) Horizon 2020 + FP7 Mattia Marconcini, DLR
Julia Pecci (finally, not attending), Indra Participants in European funded research projects have a key role in the workshop, when they will present their work accomplishments and exchange their ideas on approaches and plans. The discussions and the conclusions from the GEO European Projects Workshop will help identify the European contributions to the current and future Work Programmes of GEO. Specific meeting in agenda for end June 2016
`SOFIA: Smart Objects For Intelligent` Applications” and SOFIA2 (https://artemis-ia.eu/project/4-sofia.html )
ARTEMIS-JU project + Indra investment for furthers improvements Julia Pecci Platform for intelligent exploitation of data, with advanced capabilities of IoT (sematic approach), Busines analytis and Big Data. Indra has developed an integration of SOFIA2 with the advanced Geoportal for the particular case of Decumanus indicators, giving the advances capabilities of exploitation and analysis, interactions and exploitation.

3 Conclusion and outlook
This report provides a detailed description of the dissemination and communication activities that have been developed and performed within the full period of the DECUMANUS project.
Communication and dissemination activities have been started and are in constant progress; the outreach to the public is established and constantly extended through participations at public events and the provision of information through the website and dissemination materials. Results are published in scientific journals and presented on conferences and meetings. Products and services are demonstrated and made available to the local users through the WebGIS.
DECUMANUS partners, especially the technical partners, have been present at workshops and scientific conferences.

3.1 Impact of dissemination activities
The impact of the dissemination activities outlined above is assessed in relation to the impact objectives identified in the DoW. These latter objectives are defined by a conceptual frame in which common solutions applicable to cities throughout Europe, and at all levels of governance, and which also identifies the basis for the European approach adopted by DECUMANUS.
The framework of impact objectives outlined above defines a broad spectrum of stakeholder interests in the DECUMANUS products that in turn defines dissemination objectives for the project, and the means by which the effectiveness of the dissemination activities must be judged.
A substantial effort promoted via a wide range of dissemination activities (website, publications, promotional material and activities, social media, as well as events and workshop participation), supported by collaboration with other EU projects and engagement with the project Stakeholder Board, have permitted engagement with a diversity of stakeholders representatives from both user and development communities. In doing so the project claimed effective targeting and communication in relation to all project impact objectives.
This stakeholder engagement facilitated by project dissemination activity also generates a multiplier effect enhancing impact whereby, for example, city network members of the Stakeholder Board communicate, according to Stakeholder Board objectives, the project outcomes outputs via their very substantial pan-European networks of city urban planning agencies.
Stakeholder engagement and project dissemination activity in the start-up phase also laid the foundations for active communication of the results and outputs of the project that characterized the second half of the project dissemination activity, and which increasingly addressed and satisfied the defined impact objectives of the project.

3.2 Marketing activities (after project end)
INDRA, Eurosense, DLR, GeoVille and CWare are planning to actively pursue the further development and marketing of the developed and demonstrated services.
The marketing strategy foresees the following elements which aim at maximizing the service awareness of potential new customers:
− Set up a letter to introduce the DECUMANUS project and the developed tools and solutions and send the letter together with a project brochure via Stakeholder Board Members to contact persons in all European cities
− Dedicated promotion campaign via email (including informational flyer and service offerings) and follow up phone calls to known (customer database) city administrations and relevant public authorities.
− Strategic collaborations with sector specific industry to promote DECUMANUS tools via their website.
− A commercial website is planned to be launched in order to describe the products and its strengths. It is the key contact point for interested people and thus potential customers for whom it is planned to offer a free demonstration subscription.
− Marketing articles and dedicated advertising in sector specific journals/magazines.
− Promotion (via presentations and promotional material) at sector specific trade shows and conferences.
− Dedicated meetings at the offices of potential customers. For this purpose and also for the trade shows mentioned above a glossy brochure will be prepared.

In addition to this plan, it is important to highly that, during the last months of the project, a high number of presentations and interviews to potential customers, users or stakeholders have been developed by all members of the Consortium, suing the common dissemination material and the Geoportals. Results of the project have raised a great interest in national and international institutions and companies.

List of Websites:
Project public website: www.decumanus-fp7.eu
Project Geoportal v1 (Basic services): http://147.84.210.214:8080/decumanus_web/
Project Final GEoportal v2: (Basic + Premium services): http://13.69.188.58/decumanus ; User: decumanus; Password: decumanus_2016

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