DLR Environmental Challenge Winner 2013
Urban Analyser - Your City Development Tool
Data in Use
New time series for 2014: Copernicus Sentinel-1 Interferometric Wide (IW) swath (IW). Archived time series for 1970-2013: Landsat, Envisat ASAR, and ERS SAR.
The proposed service would offer high-resolution information on global urban development based on Sentinel-1 data. The emphasis is on the mapping of fine temporal dynamics, which makes it possible to ascertain changes at intervals shorter than one month. This would produce the fastest and freshest information source on urban developments. The service would also help to extrapolate and estimate urbanization trends with high accuracy.
The European Commission, environmental agencies, and large municipalities will have fresh and accurate information about urban area growth, which will aid in planning policies for environmental protection and infrastructure development.
«Copernicus Urban Development Analyser addresses the rapid expansion of settlements and the associated challenges. By taking advantage of Sentinel-1 data and existing methods developed by DLR, it detects new urban areas and combines them with population estimates to inform the public via web applications.»
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Business Development & Copernicus,
Deputy Director German Remote Sensing Data Center