Naples, Italy, 3 - 7 Sep 12
JRC at the World Urban Forum
The JRC will participate in the 6th World Urban Forum, which takes place in Naples, Italy, from 3-7 September 2012. The WUF was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The WUF is the world's premier conference on cities.
The JRC contributes with an exhibition booth and a networking event entitled ”Collecting Evidence from Space for a better Urban Future”
(3 September, 2012,17:00 to 19:00, Room 21, Pavilion 4).
The global urbanization presents both opportunities and challenges. Adequate urban planning can foster the development of opportunities for all. This requires up-to-date information on the urbanisation status, but such information does often not exist or is out-dated. The JRC networking event proposes satellite based information as a tool to monitor the urbanization process. The JRC will present the first version of a “Global Human Settlement Layer” that provides globally-consistent physical measurements describing human settlements. The advantages and limits of this information will be discussed in a panel with experts from application domains such as urban/regional planning, disaster risk reduction and population estimation.