ETC/ULS report on cities published -

space4environment co-authored an ETC/ULS report on similarities and diversity of European cities using a typology tool


space4environment co-authored an ETC/ULS report on similarities and diversity of European cities using a typology tool

Urban Atlas 2012 map of Hamburg (Germany), © land.copernicus.eu

The report is the result of a multi-year study carried out by the EEA and ETC/ULS (space4environment together with colleagues from the University of Malaga, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ICLEI and the Environment Agency Austria) with support from EIONET (NRCs land use and spatial planning).

The report is intended as ‘food for thought’ and information source for policy- and decision-makers at national, sub-national and municipal levels, and for researchers and interested citizens alike.

The report makes an attempt to characterise 385 European cities with respect to their main environmental and socio-economic conditions. To this end, we identified and selected 41 parameters from different thematic domains (urban dimension and land use, urban form and distribution, climate, socio-economics, waste, water, air quality, transport and mobility, as well as governance) and calculated clusters of cities based on those parameters. The resulting typology should help to analyse the characteristics of cities in similar situations (i.e. cities from the same group or cluster) because there are simply too many cities in Europe.

The report is intended as ‘food for thought’ and information source for policy- and decision-makers at national, sub-national and municipal levels, and for researchers and interested citizens alike.