How green are German Cities?

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Parks, urban gardens and derelict sites, but also cemetaries and playgrounds are examples of green areas in cities. At the moment there is no valid database that would inform about green areas and green volume in Germany for comparative research. The project Monitoring urban green: How green are German cities? funded by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) addresses this problem: Remote Sensing methods are employed to capture and diferentiate between green structures and their functions in German cities.

The objective is to provide comparative information on urban green based on the new possibilities of remote sensing in the European Spatial Observation Programme Copernicus. The 10×10 meter resolution of the Sentinel 2 satellites delivers up to date information that can be processed in time series and new indicators. The project is headed by partners at Leibniz-Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development Dresden. Stefan Fina and his team at ILS Dortmund analyse the meaning of urban green for social space and different user groups and functions. This work package will provide further information on user perspectives e.g. in concepts on climate resilience, biodiversity, but also in terms of access to urban green for disadvantaged social groups in selected case studies. Preliminary results were presented in a recent workshop in Dresden in October 2019. The participating cities are Bielefeld, Hanau, Leipzig, Potsdam, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Solingen and Teltow.

The picture shows planners and experts on urban green from the participating cities as well as the project team and the funding party at BBSR. The project team consists, next to the team at ILS Dortmund, of scientists from the Leibniz-Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development Dresden, the German Aerospace Center and LUP Potsdam.