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Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform - supporting urban research with EO data processing, integrative data analysis and reporting

Felix Bachofer1, Thomas Esch1, Jakub Balhar2, Martin Boettcher3, Enguerran Boissier4, Mattia Marconcini1, Annekatrin Metz-Marconcini1, Michal Opletal2, Fabrizio Pacini4, Tomas Soukup2, Vaclav Svaton5, and Julian Zeidler1
Felix Bachofer et al.
  • 1German Aerospace Center (DLR), German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), Wessling, Germany (
  • 2GISAT s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic (
  • 3Brockmann Consult GmbH, Hamburg, Germany (
  • 4Terradue Srl., Rome, Italy (
  • 5IT4Innovations, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic (

Urbanization is among the most relevant global trends that affects climate, environment, as well as health and socio-economic development of a majority of the global population. As such, it poses a major challenge for the current urban population and the well-being of the next generation. To understand how to take advantage of opportunities and properly mitigate to the negative impacts of this change, we need precise and up-to-date information of the urban areas. The Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform (UrbanTEP) is a collaborative system, which focuses on the processing of earth observation (EO) data and delivering multi-source information on trans-sectoral urban challenges.

The U-TEP is developed to provide end-to-end and ready-to-use solutions for a broad spectrum of users (service providers, experts and non-experts) to extract unique information/ indicators required for urban management and sustainability. Key components of the system are an open, web-based portal connected to distributed high-level computing infrastructures and providing key functionalities for

i) high-performance data access and processing,

ii) modular and generic state-of-the art pre-processing, analysis, and visualization,

iii) customized development and sharing of algorithms, products and services, and

iv) networking and communication.

The service and product portfolio provides access to the archives of Copernicus and Landsat missions, Datacube technology, DIAS processing environments, as well as premium products like the World Settlement Footprint (WSF). External service providers, as well as researchers can make use of on-demand processing of new data products and the possibility of developing and deploying new processors. The onboarding of service providers, developers and researchers is supported by the Network of Resources program of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the OCRE initiative of the European Commission.

In order to provide end-to-end solutions, the VISAT tool on UrbanTEP allows analyzing and visualizing project-related geospatial content and to develop storylines to enhance the transport of research output to customers and stakeholders effectively. Multiple visualizations (scopes) are already predefined. One available scope exemplary illustrates the exploitation of the WSF-Evolution dataset by analyzing the settlement and population development for South-East Asian countries from 1985 to 2015 in the context of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11.3.1 indicator. Other open scopes focus on urban green, functional urban areas, land-use and urban heat island modelling (e.g.).

How to cite: Bachofer, F., Esch, T., Balhar, J., Boettcher, M., Boissier, E., Marconcini, M., Metz-Marconcini, A., Opletal, M., Pacini, F., Soukup, T., Svaton, V., and Zeidler, J.: Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform - supporting urban research with EO data processing, integrative data analysis and reporting , EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-1325,, 2019

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  • AC1: Audio - available when you download the video, Felix Bachofer, 26 Apr 2020

    Hi, there seems to be a problem with the audio when viewing the video on the EGU platform. You will have the full audio when you download the video.

    Thanks, Felix