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Mapping human settlements from space

Contrary to common belief, there is still a lack of information on where and under what conditions people live, especially in developing countries. Moreover, the migration of inhabitants from the countryside to urban settlements generates a continuous modification in the shape of towns and territories. This dynamic process is difficult to monitor. Watch how a clever system developed by the JRC, the Global Human Settlements Layer, can automatically monitor human presence from space.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

Is your house earthquake-proof?

There is no way of preventing or exactly predicting earthquakes so engineers and scientists are looking for new ways of designing safer buildings, bridges and other infrastructure. Find out what JRC researchers do at the European Laboratory of Structural Assessment (ELSA) testing how real structures react under earthquake conditions, using the so-called Reaction Wall. These tests help scientists to improve numerical models, design new solutions for the future and contribute to European guidelines and standards for the construction sector.

How built-up is Europe?

Find your city on the map and find out how populated it is! The European settlements map provides detailed data on built-up areas in Europe. It can estimate the surface area occupied by buildings, the size of the buildings as well as the number of people living in any neighbourhood in Europe.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

Mapping human settlements from space

Contrary to common belief, there is still a lack of information on where and under what conditions people live, especially in developing countries. Moreover, the migration of inhabitants from the countryside to urban settlements generates a continuous modification in the shape of towns and territories. This dynamic process is difficult to monitor. Watch how a clever system developed by the JRC, the Global Human Settlements Layer, can automatically monitor human presence from space.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

Tsunami

How to alert in time and save lives? (Euronews - Futuris).

Is your house earthquake-proof?

There is no way of preventing or exactly predicting earthquakes so engineers and scientists are looking for new ways of designing safer buildings, bridges and other infrastructure. Find out what JRC researchers do at the European Laboratory of Structural Assessment (ELSA) testing how real structures react under earthquake conditions, using the so-called Reaction Wall. These tests help scientists to improve numerical models, design new solutions for the future and contribute to European guidelines and standards for the construction sector.