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Sustainable Urban Planning Challenge

UP42 and Airbus are calling on researchers, companies, and students to develop algorithms and analyses that can provide decision-makers with better quantitative information on making urban environments more sustainable.

The Finalists 2022

Discover the TOP 3 submissions to the Sustainable Urban Planning Challenge below. Please note, that finalists are presented in an alphabetically order of their submission title.

COMPASS for AI-Powered Sustainable Fresh Water Supply in Cities

Team: Dr Adrien Lemal, Yuhei Urabe, Keitaro Asaba, Mayumi Miyazaki, Yuhei Aihara

The supply of fresh water to growing urban populations is jeopardised by increasing leaks in outdated water grids. This problem is worsened by water evaporation due to global warming. In addition to the unnecessary waste of usable water, water utilities face tremendous economic losses, as they need to allocate significant capital and personnel resources to identify leaks and repair their grids.
Tenchijin COMPASS A.I technology solves these issues by using Copernicus satellite data (from Sentinel-1, -2 and -3) to identify land degradation and motion. This helps to infer current leak locations and evaluate the risk to the entire corresponding grid.
Tenchijin informs operators about the reliability of their grids and aids them in detecting leaks before too much water is wasted. The intuitive COMPASS interface provides immediate, accurate, scalable and actionable insights to customers that help them tailor their maintenance procedures and workforce and mitigate their costs and losses.

One-Click Solar Potential Estimates for Your House Just by Typing an Address

Team: Ilya Bolkhovskiy, Hendrik Hundt, Natalya Volgusheva, Boris Ümarik, Taavi Sarnet, Jekaterina Suharenko

Rexplorer is a tool that aids in installing solar panels by providing detailed insights on estimated costs, payback time, and more.
It analyses layers of natural restrictions, infrastructure, weather and satellite data to provide actionable insights to companies and homeowners.
The platform quickly calculates how many panels can fit on a roof and how much energy they can produce. Users learn how much they would cost to install and when the investment would pay off.
They can also request offers from multiple trusted providers for free.
Rexplorer partners with solar companies and banks to make this process easier.

SaferPlaces – An AI-Based Digital Twin Solution for Flood Risk Intelligence

Team: Stefano Bagli, Paolo Mazzoli, Francesca Renzi

SaferPlaces provides actionable insights to predict flood risks in any city worldwide. Due to increasing anthropogenic pressure from factors like soil sealing and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events, cities have been experiencing more and more severe flooding from different hazard sources such as rivers, rainfall, and coastal waters. SaferPlaces can help cities around the world prepare and build up climate resilience. Its simulations and results are run and visualised in a digital twin model of a city that is created by integrating high-resolution data from WEkEO, Copernicus, Google Earth Engine, OpenStreetMap, Planet and Amazon. SaferPlaces provides key insights into flood risks by making high-resolution information and data-driven algorithms accessible, including to non-expert users.

Want to know the winner of this year`s challenge?
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The Challenge 2022

The UP42 Airbus Sustainable Urban Planning Challenge aims to develop algorithms or methodologies
that use remote sensing to quantify critical issues emerging from the expansion of historic centres
toward modern suburbs.


  • The increasing number of structures that have an impact on non-renewable resources (water,
    vegetation, land)
  • The uneven distribution of green sites
  • Wasted spaces to be repurposed as green or residential areas

We encourage you to consider other use cases that better leverage the most diverse data available on
the UP42 platform.

During the submission phase, you’ll get access to the following:

  • Industry-leading geospatial data
  • Cloud infrastructure
  • Off-the-shelf algorithms

Winners may become official UP42 partners and get their solutions included in our global marketplace.

Rewards 2022

OneAtlas Prize
Voucher to access commercial satellite data from Airbus (worth EUR 80,000).
UP42 Prize
Voucher to access all types of geospatial data and algorithms from the UP42 marketplace (worth EUR 20,000).

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2022

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2022 Overall Winner

Evaluation Criteria 2022

A combination of scientific value, product/business value, quality of implementation, and ecological impact will be taken into consideration:
Scientific value

How original and innovative is the proposed solution? Does it have original research aspects to it or not?

Product/business value

Does the proposed solution have great business and/or product value potential?

Quality of implementation

Robustness of the proposed solution: How does it deal with noisy data? What about evaluation criteria?

Sustainable impact

How does the proposed solution contribute to SDG #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities?

Use of UP42 platform

How does the proposed solution use the UP42 platform to enable mass adoption?

About UP42

UP42 is changing the way geospatial data is accessed and analysed. The platform and marketplace bring together multiple sources of data such as satellite imagery, weather data, and more—along with algorithms to identify objects, detect change, and find patterns. Industry leaders use UP42 to inform business decisions and build scalable customer solutions. Know when and where to fertilise crops. Measure air quality and map emissions. Count cars, trucks, planes, and ships. Developers and data scientists across all industries now have access to a platform to build, run, and scale projects all in one place.

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of EUR 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide. The Intelligence Programme Line within Airbus is the supplier of choice for commercial satellite imagery, C2ISR systems and related services. The company has unrivalled expertise in satellite imagery acquisition, data processing, fusion, dissemination and intelligence extraction allied to significant command and control capabilities. Based upon exclusive commercial access to Pléiades, SPOT, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X and PAZ satellites, DMC Constellation and third-party satellites (TripleSat constellation, KazEOSat) combined with broad applications experience, Intelligence delivers an extensive portfolio spanning the entire geo-information value chain.



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