EARSC - EXPANDEO & FIRE

Atmospheric Physics & Chemistry Group (APCG) at the National Observatory of Athens

Description

The Atmospheric Physics & Chemistry Group (APCG) at the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) operates the Greek Group on Earth Observations Office (GGO), which is hosted by NOA. One relevant activity we wish to showcase is the newly launched GEO Urban Heritage Climate Observatory (UHCO) Community Activity, an effort co-led by the Greek GEO Office and UNESCO's World Heritage Centre. UHCO serves as a forum for partners to share practices, needs and expertise; to match user needs with Earth observation data; to enrich and coordinate monitoring, and management of urban heritage; and for communication and advocacy related to climate action. The ultimate goal is to feed a global platform to collect and integrate Earth observations and complementary data, information and relevant indicators to address the risks and impacts of climate change on urban heritage, and enable appropriate adaptation measures. APCG also coordinates the SMURBS project, which has produced a portfolio of smart urban solutions for which we will provide some specific examples where EO has been synthesized and utilized to address particular environmental pressures in the urban domain.