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T8. GIS, Remote Sensing and Urban Planning

A geographic information system (GIS) allows the visualization, analysis and interpretation of gather data in order to identify and understand relationships, patters and trends of various types of phenomena. Therefore GIS is an important tool to understand what is happening and, more importantly, what will happen in a designated area be it an ecosystem, a natural habitat or large urban area.

The explosion of data available at engineer’s fingertips as well as the processing complexity, coupled with a rising demand in real-time processing and simultaneous data access, make remote sensing a wide research area to study.

Urban planning can reach many of its goals by using the remote sensing technology. Today urban planners recognize the potential of remote sensing concept and confirm that such technology is only rarely used in their daily routine. Planning is a highly complex process aiming at a conceptual anticipation of future situations. Thus it needs a responsible balancing of advantages and disadvantages from a holistic perspective.


This section of the EBUILT conference tackles the topics of, but not limited to:

  • GIS
  • Remote Sensing techniques
  • Urban Planning
  • Heat Islands in urban areas
  • Green roofs and living facades

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