The GeoSInPo project aims to achieve a thorough understanding of the dynamic processes involved in land use and transportation models, studying different approaches for their integration as well as coupling them with other relevant models (demographic, economic, water quality, health impact, etc). Particularly, the following distinct modelling systems are being studied: (1) SILO land use model loosely coupled with a transport model; and (2) MOLAND (Monitoring Land Use/Cover Dynamics) fully integrated with a transport model. Detailed analysis and comparison of these modelling approaches as well as exploration of other models and coupling tools will help to discover the benefits and the limitations of each and to improve them for practical policy analysis. The project aims to develop Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) introducing new components and indicator calculation toolsets. The results will contribute to the past efforts making the research outcomes more reliable and useful for both study regions’ spatial governance systems. It will contribute to international collaboration and will be valuable for other European countries too.

The specific objectives of the research to achieve the overall aim are:

  1. Improve existing models representing land use, transport and natural-human interactions to deliver credible historic reconstructions and projections of urban growth.
  2. Build on the available land use, transportation, socio-economic and watershed models develop a SDSS for each study region to inform decision makers through evidence-based scenario and policy analysis.
  3. Engage with the stakeholders involved in land use, transportation, urban planning and watershed management in the study regions to analyse policy options for regional development in response to different ‘what if’ scenarios in the context of population growth, urbanisation, recession, climate change, sea level rise, etc. Evaluate the impacts of alternative policies and examine policy interventions that may be considered as part of the regional development plans.
  4. Consider the prospective for technology transfer to the stakeholders. Increase public awareness on the capabilities and benefits of spatial modelling in general and the provided SDSS in particular.
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