Pioneering H2020 project e-shape, strengthens the benefits for Europe of GEO - establishing ‘EuroGEO’

EuroGEO, as Europe’s contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, aims at bringing together Earth Observation resources in Europe. It allows Europe to position itself as global force in Earth observation through leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets.                           

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EO-based pollution-health risks profiling in the urban environment


According to UN's “World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision” the continuing urbanization is projected to add 2.5 billion of urban population by 2050, and the world population living in cities to increase to 66%. Moreover, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO, 2016) Ambient Air Pollution Global Assessment, only one person in ten lives in a city that complies with the WHO Air Quality (AQ) guidelines. Thus, open access of high quality AQ information to stakeholders in a timely and comprehensible manner to foster informed decision making is imperative.


The pilot follows the GEOSS Data Sharing and Management Principles and their inputs rely on: Copernicus free and open data policy, the data policies of the World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (ICSU), ESA and EUMETSAT, EU/national projects compliant to open EO data policies. Through the exploitation and inter-comparison of EO platforms for AQ monitoring, AQ information will be integrated into the proposed solution, providing citizens and urban communities with exhaustive information.


  • Improved Air Quality information, from air pollution data and land use/health/socio-economic features of cities, for use in public health assessment and urban planning
  • Strengthened decision making
  • More accurate and suitable pollution mitigation scenarios and provision of alerts

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