Title: JRC/EXPO 2015 'Urbanisation in Europe and the World" workshop: abstracts by invited speakers
Editors: HALKIA STAMATIA
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC96111
ISBN: 978-92-79-48425-4 (print),978-92-79-48426-1 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print),1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 27279
OP LB-NA-27279-EN-C (print),LB-NA-27279-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC96111
DOI: 10.2788/256519
10.2788/34833
Type: Conferences and workshops organized by the JRC
Abstract: This publication reports the abstracts submitted to the 1st JRC/EXPO 2015 Urbanisation workshop by the invited speakers. The workshop's aim was to bring together planners, from international and national practice, from academia, and policy, to discuss how new mapping tools can inform spatial planning, as well as promote best practice in territorial and regional policy making, bridging across traditional dichotomies of 'urban' and 'rural' settlements. With more than half of the global population living in cities and an expected acceleration of this trend in the next years in particular in Asia and Africa, it is vital for a range of applications to map, monitor and understand the complexity and dynamics of urban environments, in order to meet the needs for sustainable urban development. Surprisingly, until today, there are no tools that allow this globally, at a sufficient spatial resolution. In the last years, tools and methodologies have been developing towards global and regional human settlement mapping. The resolution, geographic extent, and thematic consistency allowing planners to design and evaluate best planning practices, seems to be the technical challenge. Among the available tools, JRC's European Settlement Map, based on JRC's in-house GHSL technology, and recently published on the European Environment Agency data portal, proposes a new way to map, monitor and analyse human settlements across urban and rural continental Europe, at a sufficiently fine scale to allow territorial and regional comparative analysis. It has already been used succesfully for measuring land-use efficiency by European policy makers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rPHJ6WZt8s). The workshop examines the use of GHSL technology by practitioners and policy makers, as well as other global initiatives for settlement mapping, and ancillary data.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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