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Urban Atlas: Europe's eye in the sky provides cities with tools for smart development

European Commission - IP/09/65   16/01/2009

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IP/09/65

Brussels, 16th January 2009

Urban Atlas: Europe's eye in the sky provides cities with tools for smart development

What do Prague, Leipzig, Cork, Ljepaja, Poznan, Nice, Glasgow, Venice or Gozo have in common? Whether big or small, European cities need reliable and comparable urban planning information for safe, sustainable and prosperous development. This year, for the first time, 185 cities from all 27 EU Member States, will benefit from the "Urban Atlas", which has been produced by the European Commission and Member States with the support of European space technology. Compiled from thousands of satellite photographs, the Urban Atlas provides detailed and cost-effective digital mapping, ensuring that city planners have the most up-to-date and accurate data available on land use and land cover. The Urban Atlas will enable urban planners to better assess risks and opportunities, ranging from threat of flooding and impact of climate change, to identifying new infrastructure and public transport needs. All cities in the EU will be covered by the Urban Atlas by 2011.

Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, and Commissioner Danuta Hübner, responsible for Regional Policy, said: "European cities and municipal authorities face significant new challenges for future urban planning in the coming years and this project provides a practical and cost-effective solution for their needs. Through the use of European space technology we will open up possibilities for mutual learning from a land use perspective and help cities to make more informed investment decisions. The Urban Atlas demonstrates the benefit of an integrated European approach and is an excellent example of how space based applications contribute to local solutions across Europe."

The Urban Atlas is part of the implementation of the Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (GMES) service. It is financed with the support of 1 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and full operability is foreseen for 2011.

Due to economies of scale, the mapping cost of EUR 2.45 per square km yields at least a tenfold reduction of costs compared to other mapping methodologies. The Urban Atlas maps provide a pan-European classification of city zones, allowing for comparable information on density of residential areas, commercial and industrial zones, extent of green areas, exposure to flood risks and monitoring of urban sprawl which is important for public transport planning in suburban areas.

The first edition of the Urban Atlas will be delivered in 2009 to 185 cities (see Annex for a complete list). The Urban Atlas covers all EU capitals and a large sample of large and medium-sized cities participating in the European Urban Audit, a data collection covering over 300 cities in the EU. Future editions of the Urban Atlas are planned in 3-5 year intervals, to complement the Urban Audit exercise. The Urban Audit is co-financed by the European Commission and managed in close consultation with National Statistical Institutes in all EU Member States..

More information:

http://ec.europa.eu/gmes/index_en.htm

Annex 1: European cities mapped by Urban Atlas in 2009
Country
City
Surface (km*)
AT
Graz
1243,17
AT
Innsbruck
2104,27
AT
Linz
1762,08
AT
Salzburg
1757,81
AT
Wien
4638,4
BE
Antwerpen
952
BE
Brugge
412
BE
Bruxelles/Brussel
1639,73
BE
Charleroi
628,14
BE
Gent
546,57
BE
Liège
1067,06
BE
Namur
404,02
BG
Plovdiv
1235,84
BG
Sofia
3435,78
CY
Lefkosia
2724,32
CZ
Brno
3322,1
CZ
Ceske Budějovice
1638,78
CZ
Liberec
1339,86
CZ
Olomouc
1629,92
CZ
Ostrava
3904,63
CZ
Plzen
3124,93
CZ
Praha
7008,19
CZ
Usti nad Labem
880
DE
Berlin
17504,83
DE
Bielefeld
2943,17
DE
Bonn
1300,33
DE
Bremen
5920,41
DE
Dresden
2635,29
DE
Essen
4462,57
DE
Frankfurt am Main
4309,05
DE
Hamburg
7232,45
DE
Hannover
2993,81
DE
Karlsruhe
1268,72
DE
Köln
1634,7
DE
Leipzig
2818,46
DE
Mönchengladbach
171,21
DE
München
5238,55
DE
Nürnberg
2725,27
DE
Stuttgart
3679,26
DE
Trier
1217,41
DE
Wuppertal
167,81
DK
Aarhus
4554,46
DK
København
2837,98
EE
Tallinn
4350,1
EE
Tartu
3017,94
ES
Alicante/Alacant
679,03
ES
Barcelona
1809,58
ES
Bilbao
991,32
ES
Córdoba
1265,45
ES
Gijón
524,7
ES
Las Palmas
875,33
ES
Madrid
8054,23
ES
Murcia
1334,6
ES
Palma di Mallorca
2174,65
ES
Sevilla
3093,06
ES
Valencia
1454,65
ES
Valladolid
3055,61
ES
Vigo
1435,67
ES
Zaragoza
2304,94
FI
Helsinki
3095,87
FI
Oulu
3773,58
FI
Tampere
2392,63
FI
Turku
1746,07
FR
Aix-en-Provence
1305,51
FR
Bordeaux
3909,9
FR
Clermont-Ferrand
1833,6
FR
Grenoble
1618,78
FR
Le Havre
641,72
FR
Lille
620,09
FR
Lyon
3339,29
FR
Marseille
609,28
FR
Metz
1854,83
FR
Montpellier
599,07
FR
Nancy
1856,04
FR
Nantes
2322,91
FR
Nice
334,65
FR
Orléans
2085,79
FR
Paris
12106,34
FR
Rennes
2575,62
FR
Rouen
1600,2
FR
Saint-Etienne
575,48
FR
Strasbourg
1382,84
FR
Toulon
340,72
FR
Toulouse
4064,45
FR
Tours
1825,2
GR
Athina
3031,26
GR
Irakieio
605,95
GR
Joannina
1339,41
GR
Larisa
1567,87
GR
Patra
510,58
GR
Thessaloniki
1436,94
GR
Volos
308,82
HU
Budapest
2536,07
HU
Debrecen
1687,67
HU
Győr
1451,53
HU
Miskolc
1015,11
HU
Pécs
578,28
HU
Szeged
760,28
IE
Cork
2112,87
IE
Dublin
7013,88
IE
Galway
51,95
IE
Limerick
3541,09
IE
Waterford
43,19
IT
Bari
901,27
IT
Bologna
2065,98
IT
Brescia
548,75
IT
Cagliari
1695,82
IT
Firenze
1273,13
IT
Gatania
591,58
IT
Genova
933,65
IT
Milano
1361,43
IT
Modena
647,57
IT
Napoli
571,4
IT
Padova
988,28
IT
Palermo
1190,49
IT
Reggio di Calabria
492,83
IT
Roma
3616,84
IT
Taranto
1427,07
IT
Torino
1893,59
IT
Trieste-
215,22
IT
Venezia
1215,81
IT
Verona
1220,18
LT
Kaunas
1635,1
LT
Panevėžys
2243,19
LT
Vilnius
4266,07
LU
Luxembourg
2612,43
LV
Liepaja
3666,39
LV
Riga
5413,94
MT
Gozo
68,03
MT
Valletta
243,61
NL
Amsterdam
1183,76
NL
Apeldoorn
630,94
NL
Breda
503,76
NL
Eindhoven
332,64
NL
Groningen
949,09
NL
Nijmegen
322
NL
Rotterdam
713,66
NL
s' Gravenhage.
421,28
NL
Tilburg
394,39
NL
Utrecht
394,91
PL
Białystok
5140,38
PL
Bydgoszcz
3416,42
PL
Częstochowa
2586,64
PL
Gdansk
3351,19
PL
Katowice
2658,55
PL
Kielce
2373,78
PL
Kraków
3024,73
PL
Lodz
2875,44
PL
Lublin
2902,02
PL
Olsztyn
2949
PL
Poznan
3738,26
PL
Radom
1644,72
PL
Szczecin
6078,12
PL
Torun
1360,06
PL
Warszawa
5229,75
PL
Wroclaw
4608,38
PT
Aveiro
275,07
PT
Braga
499,94
PT
Coimbra
1264,74
PT
Funchal
260
PT
Lisboa
1452,68
PT
Oporto
567,08
PT
Setúbal
177,02
RO
Brăila
442,25
RO
Bucuresti
1086,51
RO
CIuj-Napoca
599,6
RO
Craiova
347,57
RO
Timişoara
241,25
SE
Göteborg
4220,49
SE
Malmö
1852,48
SE
Stockholm
7005,77
SE
Uppsala
6849,51
SI
Ljubljana
2573,05
SI
Maribor
2185,66
SK
Banska Bystrica
815,47
SK
Bratislava
2055,36
SK
Kosice
1783,67
SK
Nitra
878,07
SK
Prešov
944,63
UK
Birmingham
1596,74
UK
Edinburgh
1739,52
UK
Glasgow
3390,53
UK
Leeds
5131,92
UK
Liverpool
650,57
UK
London
8991,68
Total
410101,76 km²


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