Composition of courtyards

Quick scan of (inner) courtyards behind the van Speijkstraat in Amsterdam. From this image alone we have classified the surface of grass, trees, buildings, and impermeable surface.

Quick scan of (inner) courtyards behind the van Speijkstraat in Amsterdam. From this image alone we have classified the surface of grass, trees, buildings, and impermeable surface.

 

Amsterdam’s most undervalued ecologicaL HOTSPOTS

The City of Amsterdam is small, and very, very dense. As such, courtyards play an important social and ecological role in the inner city of Amsterdam. Particular initiatives, such as Amsterdam Rainproof, raise awareness amongst citizens and encourage them to remove tiles in their backyard and replace it with green. With these kinds of interventions, it is, of course, critical to understand where to start. However, surveying door-to-door to map the composition of every courtyard in Amsterdam is not an option. Therefore, we built a proof-of-concept with VHR imagery to visualize and analyze the composition of courtyards in Amsterdam.

TOOLS & SERVICES:

  • Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite imagery

KEY OBJECTIVES:

  • Ecosystem service valuation

  • Urban green space management

 
 

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