Our society is facing great challenges. Achieving climate goals and reacting to global threats, such as biodiversity loss, require reliable databases from the public and private sectors. Geospatial information systems facilitate the analysis of the effects that climate change, habitat loss, population growth, and pollution have on the environment.

For geospatial data to be useful for the monitoring, analysis, and calculation of such effects, they must be comprehensive and meet quality standards. This requires collaboration between information-producing actors as well as product developers.

From 2020 to 2023, The National Land Survey of Finland is coordinating the GeoE3 project. This project serves as an example of a data integration platform for high-value datasets and services (e.g. meteorological or statistical data), and geospatial features from existing national geospatial data platforms (e.g. building data or road network data). It creates dashboards and visualisations for a comprehensive understanding of data from a variety of sources.

To produce tangible results, the GeoE3 tools address three use cases:

  1. The energy efficiency and solar energy potential of buildings
  2. Assessment of electric cars (especially heavy vehicles) using terrain elevation data
  3. Helsinki-Tallinn smart city concepts

The data integration platform has 3D building data from Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Estonia. The Finnish 3D building data is covering some areas of Finland. In other areas 3D data is estimated in the same way as in Norway. The rest of the countries’ 3D data is already analysed nationwide.The project is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.

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