Around the world, UNESCO has designated 1,052 locations as World Heritage Sites worth preserving – but many of them are in danger. SpaceToPlace empowers UNESCO site managers and planning authorities to incorporate Sentinel data from the European Copernicus programme into their daily work routines. Its online training environment features easy-to-use, web-based, remote-sensing software alongside dedicated learning modules. Practical hands-on exercises impart the necessary knowledge and skills while also demonstrating sample workflows for monitoring ongoing environmental, economic and social processes. The uniqueness of this preservation through education approach is the concrete easy-to-use training incorporating Earth observation data which usually requires a set of demands, such as access to remote sensing data as well as certain specific technical and image analysis skills, in order to get started. By including these aspects within its application, SpaceToPlace thus helps spread the rich World Heritage of our planet, prevents UNESCO sites from becoming endangered, and promotes future pathways for their development with regard to the implementation of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNESCO site managers are empowered to access and use Copernicus data in managing, preserving and developing the rich cultural and natural heritage of our planet.
«Efforts to preserve UNESCO heritage sites through Earth observation demonstrate the fundamental strengths of EO data analysis. Meanwhile, continuous global updates enable smart web applications to provide accessible insights into our planet. This web application educates UNESCO site managers about all kinds of EO data and has the potential to address a huge user base. After all, who isn’t interested in UNESCO World Heritage Sites?»
Prof Dr Alexander Siegmund and Team
Research Group for Earth Observation (rgeo), Dept. of Geography, Heidelberg University of Education & Heidelberg University, Germany