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Harnessing sensing systems towards urban sustainability transformation

List of Authors: Grêt-Regamey Adrienne, Switalski Michal, Fagerholm Nora, Korpilo Silviya, Juhola Sirkku, Kyttä Marketta, Käyhkö Niina, McPhearson Timon, Nollert Markus, Rinne Tiina, Soininen Niko, Toivonen Tuuli, Räsänen Aleksi, Willberg Elias, Raymond Christopher M.

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group

Publication year: 2021

Journal: npj Urban Sustainability

Volume number: 1

eISSN: 2661-8001



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Recent years have seen a massive development of geospatial sensing systems informing the use of space. However, rarely do these sensing systems inform transformation towards urban sustainability. Drawing on four global urban case examples, we conceptualize how passive and active sensing systems should be harnessed to secure an inclusive, sustainable and resilient urban transformation. We derive principles for stakeholders highlighting the need for an iterative dialogue along a sensing loop, new modes of governance enabling direct feeding of sensed information, an account for data biases in the sensing processes and a commitment to high ethical standards, including open access data sharing.

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