The main goal of the Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform (TEP) is the implementation of an instrument that helps addressing key
research questions and societal challenges arising from the phenomenon of global urbanization.
Therefore, the Urban TEP represents a web-based platform that allows users to effectively utilize Earth
Observation (EO) imagery and existing auxiliary data (e.g., geo-data, statistics) to measure and
assess key properties of the urban environment and monitor the past and future spatiotemporal
development of settlements.
Key elements of the Urban TEP are the provision of easy and high
performance access to EO data streams and archived data, multi-mission and multi-source data
management and processing infrastructures, modular pre-processing and analysis procedures
(value-adding processors), user-oriented functionalities for product and service development,
validation and standardization as well as exchange and distribution of ideas, methods and thematic
To maximize the relevance and societal benefit of the Urban TEP, the initiative includes
a comprehensive concept for active expert knowledge and user community integration. Hence, the Urban TEP core consortium – consisting of 5 partners - is supported by a network 6 key user
communities including the group of scientists conducting the Group on Earth Observation (GEO -
Task SB-04 Global Urban Observation and Information), the World Bank Group, the European
Environment Agency (EEA), DG Regio of the European Commission, the International Society of City
and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and the City of Prague. In addition, 7 associated consultancy
partners will bring in their expertise and competences in key sectors relevant for the Urban TEP
development, implementation and sustainability.