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Smart urban solutions for air quality, disasters and city growth


Project timeline
September 2017
48 months
August 2021
General Information
The ultimate goal of SMURBS is to promote the "smart-city" approach, serving the need for a common approach to enhance environmental and societal resilience to specific urban pressures, through the integration of Earth Observation (EO). In view of this goal, its objectives are divided into 3 categories: a) Overarching, which target to the alignment with and exploitation of existing programmes, strategies, data, networks, services and goals, b) Vertical, which define the targeted urban pressures (air pollution, disasters, urban growth) and their reciprocal relations with health, migration and other inequalities, and c) Horizontal, to assure interoperability of the produced data and services within ERA-PLANET and other infrastructures.
The SMURBS concept is served by a robust methodology structured in seven work packages. Hereon leads the work package entitled “User requirements and gap analysis”. SMURBS is funded in the frame of the Horizon 2020 ERANET ERA-PLANET (The European network for observing our changing planet) where it addresses the thematic area “Smart cities and resilient societies” (Strand 1 of ERA-PLANET).
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaERANET ERA-PLANET
Project TypeERANET ERA-PLANET project
Co-ordinatorNational Observatory of Athens (GR)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Volker Matthias, Institute of Coastal Environmental Chemistry, Chemistry Transport Modeling, KUT, Phone +49 4152 87 2346
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Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR), Centro De Investigacion Ecologica Yaplicaciones Forestales (ES), CNR-ITM, Institute for Membrane Technology, Rende (IT), CNRS (FR), Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (IT), Helsinki University of Technology (FI), Idryma Iatroviologikon Ereunon Akademias Athinon (GR), Istituto Superiore per la Ricerca e la Protezione Ambientale (IT), Ivl Svenska Miljoeinstitutet Ab (SE), Jozef Stefan Institute (SI), Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung E.V. (DE), Masarykova Univerzita (CZ), National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" (GR), National Observatory of Athens (GR), Paul Scherrer Institute (CH), Romanian Space Agency (RO), Space Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (UA), Stockholms Universitet (SE)
SMURBS website
Last Update: 16. April 2021