EGU General Assembly 2023
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Copernicus for Urban Resilience in Europe: Final results from the CURE project

Nektarios Chrysoulakis1, David Ludlow2, Zina Mitraka1, Giorgos Somarakis1, Zaheer Khan2, Dirk Lauwaet3, Hans Hooyberghs3, Efrén Feliu4, Daniel Navarro4, Christian Feigenwinter5, Anne Holsten6, Tomas Soukup7, Mario Dohr8, Mattia Marconcini9, and Birgitte Holt Andersen10
Nektarios Chrysoulakis et al.
  • 1Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion, Greece (
  • 2University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 3Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Mol, Belgium
  • 4TECNALIA, Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), Bilbao, Spain
  • 5Universitaet Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 6Potsdam Institut fuer Klimafolgenforschung (PIK), Potsdam, Germany
  • 7Gisat S.R.O., Prague, Czech Republic
  • 8GeoVille Informationssysteme und Datenverarbeitung GMBH, Innsbruck, Austria
  • 9German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Wessling, Germany
  • 10CWare Aps, Copenhagen, Denmark

A major challenge for the urban community is the exploitation of Earth Observation intelligence in managing in the multidimensional nature of urban sustainability towards enhancing urban resilience, particularly in relation to the challenges of climate change. This study presents the ways in which the H2020 funded project CURE (Copernicus for Urban Resilience in Europe) synergistically exploited Copernicus Core Services to develop cross-cutting applications supporting urban resilience. CURE provided the urban planning community with spatially disaggregated environmental intelligence at a local scale, as well as a proof-of-concept that urban planning and management strategies development enhancing the resilience of cities can be supported by Copernicus Core Services. Here, we demonstrate the technical operational feasibility of an umbrella cross-cutting system on urban resilience, consisting of 11 specific applications. These use Copernicus core products from at least two services each as main input information, reflect the main urban sustainability dimensions and are relevant to user needs, which were identified based on a strong stakeholders’ engagement. As a result, CURE is built on Data and Information Access Services (DIAS), as a system integrating these cross-cutting applications, capable of supporting downstream services across Europe, enabling its incorporation into operational Copernicus products portfolio in the future and also addressing its economic feasibility. For more information on CURE:

How to cite: Chrysoulakis, N., Ludlow, D., Mitraka, Z., Somarakis, G., Khan, Z., Lauwaet, D., Hooyberghs, H., Feliu, E., Navarro, D., Feigenwinter, C., Holsten, A., Soukup, T., Dohr, M., Marconcini, M., and Holt Andersen, B.: Copernicus for Urban Resilience in Europe: Final results from the CURE project, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-1976,, 2023.