EU earth observation programme Copernicus opens its database to world’s largest climate action hackathon

Participants in cities joining Climathon 2017 – the world largest climate action hackathon to date – will create their solutions with the help of space data. The satellite data will be provided by the European Union’s earth observation programme Copernicus. The 24-hour Climathon on 27 October will include participants and organisers in more than 100 cities around the world.

The global Climathon has been organised by the EU’s climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC since 2015, the year of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. To take part in the 24-hour Climathon, each city sets its own climate challenge which reflects affects their urban life the most. Challenges vary from air quality, mobility, water and waste management, and extreme weather events. 

https://twitter.com/GlobalClimathon/status/923278205074542592

This year, Climathon participants in 11 European cities are given access to Copernicus Earth Observation (EO) and Geographic Information System (GIS) space data to develop innovative solutions to tackle their cities climate challenge. Another 50 cities around the world will be given access to Copernicus data sets to be used for their specific challenges.

The space data Climathon’s are made possible by Climate-KIC’s collaboration with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). Through this partnership, Climate-KIC puts a spotlight on the importance of space data to better understand the challenges our planet and humanity face, and build the capacity and skills required to solve them.

Says Emanuele Barreca, DG GROW:  “Climate change is real. Thanks to Copernicus and its satellites, the Sentinels, and its overall data offer, we can face the change and steer responsive actions. Cities and citizens need to be involved by challenging the change and facing it. This pilot Climathon for Copernicus (in the frame of the Innospace project) will bring awareness and experience on how space data is key and easy accessible tool to be learned and used.

Global Climate Innovation Movement

Innovators tackle the climate challenge for a full 24-hours, before pitching their ideas in front of a local jury. These ideas can develop into tangible sustainable solutions and businesses that address city climate challenges across the globe.

Says Ebrahim Mohamed, Director of Education at Climate-KIC: “The science of climate change is indisputable, but the problem often seems so removed from everyday reality that organisations have for many years struggled to engage citizens.”

“The Climathon changes this, providing the critical impetus for city citizens, innovators, business experts and policy makers to come together in a global climate movement to solve one of the most pressing issues of our time.”

https://twitter.com/CopernicusEU/status/923449924024520704

Now its third year, the Climathon movement has grown tremendously over the past two years, encouraging more innovators across the globe to drive climate action.

Climathon has grown from 19 in 2015 to 59 cities in 2016, operating across 6 continents, creating over 2330 ideas and reaching 16.8 million people worldwide in 2016. More than 100 cities are expected to take part in 2017, making it the largest global climate action hackathon in history.

More information about how to take part in the Climathon is available at www.climathon.global.

Using Space Data to tackle Climate Change

Meet the cities looking to tackle their climate challenge using Copernicus space data:

  • Bristol, UK, is looking to find solutions to their growing air pollution challenge.
  • Bologna, Italy, wants to restore green areas and ecosystem services in order to reconnect the ecological corridors in their city.
  • Trento, Italy, will focus on reduction in water availability or excessive abundance (as during extreme weather events).
  • Cesena, Italy, is looking to develop new water systems and new sustainable lifestyles for water saving due to the droughts that plague the region.
  • Turin, Italy, wants to strengthen the resilience of the territories and communities, improving the well-being of citizens by looking at solutions to their extreme weather challenges, as well as building energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, green and blue infrastructures.
  • Brasov, Romania, is reducing the heat island effect in the city.
  • Warsaw, Poland, aims to increase sustainable transportation and central heating systems due to the high levels of air pollution in the city.
  • Riga, Latvia, is looking to improve their preparation for extreme weather events such as high levels of flooding.
  • Brno, Czechia, aims to improve the city’s transport and air pollution levels.
  • Burjassot, Spain, aims to close the cycle of the different water resources, especially reclaimed water, to compensate scarcity byre-using it, as well as unpredictable weather conditions.
  • Krakow, Poland, will look at tackling their challenges of transport, energy and water in their Climathon.

Website: www.climathon.global
Twitter: www.twitter.com/globalclimathon  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/climathon
Instagram: www.instagram.com/globalclimathon/  

 
Location
Articles you may be interested in
Opinion
Can we identify the tipping points for transformative climate action?
Susannah Fisher Strategic Research Lead, EIT Climate-KIC
Can we identify the tipping points for transformative climate action?
In The News
Study launched on decarbonising Europe’s heavy industries by 2050

Industry representatives, regional experts, academics and EU officials held...

Study launched on decarbonising Europe’s heavy industries by 2050
In our community
Interview with Yvon Slingenberg of DG Climate Action, European Commission
Interview with Yvon Slingenberg of DG Climate Action, European Commission
In Detail
Evaluating the benefits of improved cooking solutions: impact data in high r...

Gold Standard today released a research study by Vivid Economics that estimates the economic value of Gold Standard-certified project benefits related to climate, health,...

Evaluating the benefits of improved cooking solutions: impact data in high resolution
In The News
New EIT Climate-KIC supported report proposes basis for a future EU taxonomy i...

The European Commission has welcomed the publication of the...

New EIT Climate-KIC supported report proposes basis for a future EU taxonomy in legislation
In The News
WCEF 2019: The challenges and potentials of circular procurement in cities

Increasing population growth and urbanisation intensifies the pressure on...

WCEF 2019: The challenges and potentials of circular procurement in cities
In The News
First round of 15 winners of Reinventing Cities competition announced

C40 Cities and EIT Climate-KIC have announced 15 winners...

First round of 15 winners of Reinventing Cities competition announced
In The News
Lisbon’s City Finance Lab-backed green participatory budget awarded €5 mil...

Lisbon City Council’s first-ever ‘green’ participatory budget, an initiative...

Lisbon’s City Finance Lab-backed green participatory budget awarded €5 million for next cycle
In The News
WCEF 2019: ‘The circular economy in cities’

EIT Climate-KIC CEO Kirsten Dunlop emphasised the importance of...

WCEF 2019: ‘The circular economy in cities’
In Detail
New Report on Circular Procurement in public construction projects shows how...

Public procurement affects a substantial share of world trade, amounting to more than €1.3 trillion per year. In the EU, the public purchase of...

New Report on Circular Procurement in public construction projects shows how targeted action can drive system-level impact
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC at World Circular Economy Forum 2019

EIT Climate-KIC is playing a prominent role at the...

EIT Climate-KIC at World Circular Economy Forum 2019
In The News
17 EIT Climate-KIC solutions included in MI 100 Global High Impact listing

13 EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator start-ups and four EIT Climate-KIC...

17 EIT Climate-KIC solutions included in MI 100 Global High Impact listing
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC’s global cleantech competition ClimateLaunchpad is open ...

EIT Climate-KIC’s ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest green business ideas...

EIT Climate-KIC’s global cleantech competition ClimateLaunchpad is open for registration
Opinion
Transformation Capital: A new investment logic for catalysing systems change
Dominic Hofstetter Transformation Capital, EIT Climate-KIC
Transformation Capital: A new investment logic for catalysing systems change
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported SkyNRG develops Europe’s first sustainable jet...

SkyNRG announced plans to develop Europe's first sustainable aviation...

EIT Climate-KIC supported SkyNRG develops Europe’s first sustainable jet fuel production plant
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported report shows how to reduce industrial CO2 emissions

A new joint report, published by RWTH Aachen University...

EIT Climate-KIC supported report shows how to reduce industrial CO2 emissions
In The News
London event showcases innovation behind new investor climate tool

Yesterday’s event, titled “Applying Climate Risk Data to Investment...

London event showcases innovation behind new investor climate tool
In our community
Interview with Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Malaga, Spain
Interview with Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Malaga, Spain
Opinion
Adapting to climate change in Europe: Building a systemic and urgent vision
Susannah Fisher, EIT Climate-KIC and Andrew Norton, IIED
Adapting to climate change in Europe: Building a systemic and urgent vision
In our community
Interview with Andrzej Wiszniewski, President of the Board, National Energy ...
Interview with Andrzej Wiszniewski, President of the Board, National Energy Conservation Agency Poland
In The News
FEED-X programme aims to transform global feed industry

Supported by EIT Climate-KIC, global feed supplier Skretting, WWF...

FEED-X programme aims to transform global feed industry
In The News
New reports say net-zero emission EU heavy industry by 2050 is achievable

Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 for European energy-intensive industries...

New reports say net-zero emission EU heavy industry by 2050 is achievable
In The News
Five EIT Climate-KIC startups announced as Cleantech Innovate finalists

Five EIT Climate-KIC supported startups are among the 30...

Five EIT Climate-KIC startups announced as Cleantech Innovate finalists
In The News
Drawdown book: Global warming is reversible

Climate protection initiative gives a preview of the German...

Drawdown book: Global warming is reversible
In The News
International effort launched to determine best CO2 capture & utilisation ...

Economic and environmental guidelines will support new industries and...

International effort launched to determine best CO2 capture & utilisation technologies
In Detail
New report cements wood as the future of construction

In a new report, 25 examples of using wood in construction showcase that reducing the carbon footprint of our buildings is not only possible,...

New report cements wood as the future of construction
In The News
Transatlantic bridge for European innovation: EIT Community opens its first Hu...

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) opened...

Transatlantic bridge for European innovation: EIT Community opens its first Hub in Silicon Valley
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported Beyond Ratings registered as credit rating agency by...

EIT Climate-KIC supported firm Beyond Ratings, a financial services...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Beyond Ratings registered as credit rating agency by European Securities and Markets Authority
In our community
Interview with Nico Wolf, CFO, Endless Energy – Winner of the EIT Climate-...
Interview with Nico Wolf, CFO, Endless Energy – Winner of the EIT Climate-KIC Finance Incubator Competition
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC supported Ombrea raises €1 million to commercialise its smar...

EIT Climate-KIC supported start-up Ombrea, which offers a tool...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Ombrea raises €1 million to commercialise its smart agriculture system