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Project PRESTO: Plan for Regional Sustainability Tomorrow

The multi-year goal for this project implemented at the NCSG, is to develop, disseminate, and promote the implementation of a sustainable development strategy for the Baltimore-Washington region. The following areas of sustainability are explored and modeled using loosely coupled modeling system, first for one or more baseline scenarios, then for alternative more sustainable scenarios.:

  • Population
  • Economic Productivity
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Access to opportunity
  • Air emissions, including greenhouse gases
  • Nutrient loading into to water bodies
  • Energy Consumption

Urban Environment Project (UEP)

The UEP project aims to better understand the link between development, land-use change and associated economic and environmental impacts within urban regions. The group is based at UCD (formerly UCD Urban Institute Ireland) and originated with academic partners in Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University as well as a specialist GIS company, ERA-Maptech to undertake work funded by the EPA. It also included collaboration with the local authorities in the Greater Dublin Region.

The MOLAND land use modelling research was applied within the following fields:

  • Air Quality
  • Urban Transport
  • Biodiversity
  • Climage Change
  • Urban Sprawl
  • Green City
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