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URBan ANthrpogenic heat FLUX from Earth observation Satellites

Objective

The main goal of the proposed project URBANFLUXES (URBan ANthrpogenic heat FLUX from Earth observation Satellites) is to investigate the potential of Earth Observation (EO) to retrieve anthropogenic heat fluxes. The main research question addresses whether EO is able to provide reliable estimates of anthropogenic heat flux spatiotemporal distribution, at local and city scales. URBANFLUXES will investigate the potential of EO to retrieve the anthropogenic heat flux, as a key component in the urban energy budget and by developing a method capable of deriving it from space. The objective is to develop a method that could be used operationally in the near future, when observations with adequate temporal resolution become available. URBANFLUXES EO-based approach will be easily transferable to any urban area and capable of providing anthropogenic heat flux benchmark data for different applications, including climate models to assess the implication of the anthropogenic heat on the Earth system; building energy models to characterize buildings-to-atmosphere/soil/water heat exchange pathways; and decision support systems for urban sustainable planning and mapping of emissions related to energy consumption. URBANFLUXES is therefore expected to prepare the ground for further innovative exploitation of European space data in scientific activities (Earth system modelling and climate change studies in cities) and future and emerging applications (sustainable urban planning) by exploiting the improved data quality, coverage and revisit times of the Copernicus Sentinels data. The Copernicus observations have the potential to reveal novel scientific insights, related to monitoring the anthropogenic heat flux in cities, at both local and regional scales, generating new EO opportunities. The URBANFLUXES products will therefore support both sustainable planning strategies to improve the quality of life in cities and Earth system models to provide more robust climate simulations.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/satellite technology
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy/optical astronomy

Call for proposal

H2020-EO-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 499 375

Participants (7)

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 362 103
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
France
EU contribution
€ 323 750
Address
Route De Narbonne 118
31062 Toulouse Cedex 9
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 398 593
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT BASEL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Petersplatz 1
4051 Basel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 318 750
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEO-K SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 219 393
Address
Via Del Politecnico 1
00133 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 224 229
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations