Fachbereich 6 Mathematik/Informatik

Institut für Informatik


Osnabrück University navigation and search


Main content

Top content

URBan land recycling Information services for Sustainable cities (URBIS)

Coordinators UOS:Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Norbert de Lange
Staff UOSDipl.-Biol. Thomas Kastler
M.Sc. Nina Manzke
M.Eng. Shaojuan Xu
Project partners: GISAT S.R.O., Czech Republic
Systèmes d’Information à Référence Spatiale (SIRS) SAS, France
University of Genoa, Italy
Projektgruppe Stadt + Entwicklung, Germany
Agence de Développement et d’Urbanisme du Grand Amiénois Association (ADUGA), France

In the context of sustainable urban planning, urban sprawl and the involved land consumption is a Europe-wide challenge. One of the EU's objectives is to reduce land consumption and thus tackle urban sprawl. For this purpose, the reuse of abandoned urban land is a promising approach. The European Commission together with the Copernicus earth observation program (GMES) have been devoting their effort to harmonize and provide urban land use data. Since vacant urban land presents very different characteristics depending on their size, location, level of development and previous use, they can be redeveloped with minimum inputs, e.g. development of a green park from fallow land with no previous use, while others require substantial remediation work, e.g. development of a housing estate on potentially contaminated land. Although information exists locally, it is often patchy, incomplete and spread over different organizations. But the lack of knowledge about site condition and characteristics often hampers their redevelopment. Moreover, there is a lack of consistent information at the European level making it difficult to exchange and compare data.

The project URBIS (URBan land recycling Information services for Sustainable cities) aims to develop, implement and validate innovative web-based information services related to the identification, assessment and publishing of urban vacant land and potential development areas respectively, to support planning of European Large Urban Zones (LUZs) in a sustainable way. The services, which will be based on open geospatial data, will be provided through standardized interfaces to be compatible with common GIS technology and will be disseminated through web geodata portals with advanced presentation capabilities.

The URBIS information services will be implemented and validated in real environment on three pilot sites:

  • Greater Amiens (France)
  • City of Osnabrueck (Germany)
  • Moravian-Silesian Region (Czech Republic)

Within URBIS a methodology will be developed and implemented which is based on the land monitoring services of the European Union's Copernicus earth observation program (GMES LMC). In particular, the so called Fast Track Services (FTS) on Land Monitoring are currently being developed to include new, more detailed layers of information focused on urban and forest areas. These will be essential for the development of the URBIS information services which could play a major role in the promotion of recycling existing urban sites and thus contributing to the reduction of urban sprawl.

More information: www.ict-urbis.eu

Duration: 01/04/2014 - 31/03/2017
Funding: European Commission – Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)