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Olympic Games in Athens: using earth observation for the assessment of changes and impacts for the natural and built environment.
Annual Dragon 2 Symposium. European Space Agency. (2009)
  • Dimisthenis Assimakopoulos
  • Michael Petrakis
  • Nektarios Chrysoulakis
  • Marina Stathopoulou
  • George Karvounis
  • Constantinos Cartalis
Abstract
Major athletic events provide the opportunity for the urban regeneration of the hosting cities. Such is the case for Athens which hosted the Olympic Games in 2004 (OG 2004). In previous studies (in the framework of DRAGON 1), the impact of the OG 2004 for Athens was presented mostly with respect to the coastal zone of Athens which eventually hosted three distinct Olympic poles. In this study the assessment is expanded to the whole area of the urban agglomeration of Athens and also includes a view of changes in air quality in terms of particulate matter. In addition an effort is made so as to link the concentration of PM in the lower atmosphere to the mortality rate in Athens as well as to exemplify this link at a spatial basis. Moreover a thorough land use change analysis was made expanding from 1988 to 2007, thus providing a complete view of the modifications of the city as well as of the signature of OG2004 to these modifications. Finally, an approach to downscale satellite images in terms of their spatial resolution was worked out, in an obvious effort to enrich the usability of satellite images of low resolution. Results will be presented for all the above.
Keywords
  • Earth Observation,
  • Olympic Games
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Assimakopoulos, D., Petrakis, M., Chrysoulakis, N., Stathopoulou, M., Karvounis, G. and C. Cartalis, 2009. Olympic Games in Athens: using earth observation for the assessment of changes and impacts for the natural and built environment. Annual Dragon 2 Symposium held in Barcelona,Spain, June 22 - 26.