Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Sustainable Land Management Data Tool Available from CircUse

30.08.2012
Software to help implement sustainable land use is available in English

The Circular Flow Land Use Management (CircUse) project in which the Difu is involved has created a land management data tool to be used by city administrations and land use decision makers to pursue sustainable land use management. This software is currently available as a “Standard Version” in English for free on the project webpage.

CircUse will establish a new governance and policy approach which can be best summed up by the slogan “reduce – recycle – compensate”. The consumption of new land should be reduced as much as possible to help save vital soil resources, unused or underutilized land parcels recycled back into use, and compensation (for example additional conservation) offered where expansive development cannot be avoided. To support this idea a data management tool was developed within the CircUse project which promotes sustainable land management structures.

The land management data tool – developed by Project Partners at the Saxon State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology – supports the implementation of this philosophy by offering a platform to map the opportunities available to implement the CircUse principle. The tool works by receiving input from site studies and visits conducted by local stakeholders. The surveyor fills out a standardized form to mark the current type of land as either “greenfields with development perspectives”, “vacant and underutilized land”, “gaps in built-up areas” or as “brownfields” as well as the type of former use.

Based upon these criteria, the program provides potential designations for the site e.g. “suitable for construction”, “suitable for construction with some reservations”, “potential sites for renaturalisation” or “planned urban expansions that can be cancelled”. This helps planners receive an overview of the potentials of the city or region in question and allows them to concentrate their efforts on feasible projects. It is noted in the program that the actual use cannot be determined by the program. Instead, this is specifically left for the planner to decide based upon local considerations.

The land use management tool is based upon Microsoft Access 2007 since this program is more widely available among city administrations and other stakeholders in land use decisions. Also, ACCESS 2007 supports the importation and exportation of information to and from EXCEL allowing for a cross sectional analysis to take place. An “Advanced Version” of the tool currently being developed will allow for integrating the database with GIS Viewer. Photos of the sites can be saved in the tool as well to provide further visual information for the users of the program.

The database has been tested in the six regions involved in the CircUse project in the countries of Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy and Austria. The testing which took place ensured that the land management data tool is ready for use across Central Europe nations.

With the land management data tool, municipalities can better plan in a strategic and holistic manner. This is achieved through the city or region overview of potentials all on one map, coupled with site specific analyses for each identified parcel. This can provide a readable possible blue print for future city or regional decisions. It will help realize the opportunities to develop inner city areas and also reduce the land consumption of periphery land.

As part of the CircUse project, both versions of the tool will be available for free on the project website. The “Standard Version” of the tool can now be downloaded on the CircUse webpage at www.circuse.eu under “Project Results”.

The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF. The programme is funded by the Central European Program of European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation.

More Information:
CircUse Website
http://www.circuse.eu/
Demo Database Download Link:
http://www.circuse.eu/index.php?option=com_showdown&typeid=10&Itemid=47

This text is of course free for publishing and we would be very pleased to receive a copy or link of the material!
Contact:
German Institute for Urban Affairs, Zimmerstraße 13-15, 10969 Berlin, Germany
Thomas Preuss and Maic Verbücheln
phone: +49 30 39001-265, +49 30 39001-263
e-mail: preuss@difu.de; verbuecheln@difu.de

Sybille Wenke-Thiem | idw
Further information:
http://www.circuse.eu/
http://www.circuse.eu/index.php?option=com_showdown&typeid=10&Itemid=47
http://www.difu.de

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht Seeing the forest through the trees with a new LiDAR system
28.06.2017 | The Optical Society

nachricht Drones that drive
27.06.2017 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CSAIL

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Can we see monkeys from space? Emerging technologies to map biodiversity

An international team of scientists has proposed a new multi-disciplinary approach in which an array of new technologies will allow us to map biodiversity and the risks that wildlife is facing at the scale of whole landscapes. The findings are published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. This international research is led by the Kunming Institute of Zoology from China, University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

Using a combination of satellite and ground data, the team proposes that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously...

Im Focus: Climate satellite: Tracking methane with robust laser technology

Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.

Methane is primarily the result of the decomposition of organic matter. The gas has a 25 times greater warming potential than carbon dioxide, but is not as...

Im Focus: How protons move through a fuel cell

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.

As charge carriers, electrons and ions play the leading role in electrochemical energy storage devices and converters such as batteries and fuel cells. Proton...

Im Focus: A unique data centre for cosmological simulations

Scientists from the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich have establised "Cosmowebportal", a unique data centre for cosmological simulations located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The complete results of a series of large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations are available, with data volumes typically exceeding several hundred terabytes. Scientists worldwide can interactively explore these complex simulations via a web interface and directly access the results.

With current telescopes, scientists can observe our Universe’s galaxies and galaxy clusters and their distribution along an invisible cosmic web. From the...

Im Focus: Scientists develop molecular thermometer for contactless measurement using infrared light

Temperature measurements possible even on the smallest scale / Molecular ruby for use in material sciences, biology, and medicine

Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with researchers of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Plants are networkers

19.06.2017 | Event News

Digital Survival Training for Executives

13.06.2017 | Event News

Global Learning Council Summit 2017

13.06.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

High conductive foils enabling large area lighting

29.06.2017 | Power and Electrical Engineering

Designed proteins to treat muscular dystrophy

29.06.2017 | Life Sciences

Climate Fluctuations & Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics: An Interdisciplinary Dialog

29.06.2017 | Seminars Workshops

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>