Geo-Spatial Modelling Informing Policy

Project ID: 623436
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Call: People – Marie Curie Actions: International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IOF)
Outgoing Host: National Center for Smart Growth Research, University of Maryland
EU Host: School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin
Scientific Advisors: Prof. Brendan Williams (UCD) and Prof. Gerrit Knaap (UMD)
Start / End Dates : 01-AUG-14 / 31-JUL-17
Total Cost: EUR 364,477

Led by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow Dr. Harutyun Shahumyan, the EC-supported GeoSInPo project aimed to achieve a thorough understanding of the dynamic processes involved in land use and transportation models, improving existing models, studying different approaches for their integration as well as coupling them with other relevant models (demographic, economic, water quality, etc.). The main objective of the project was to develop Spatial Decision Support Systems built on the existing urban and environmental models to inform decision makers through evidence-based scenario and policy analysis. The project also aimed to 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, climate change, sea level rise, and more.

In scope of this fellowship Dr. Harutyun Shahumyan has moved from University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland to University of Maryland (UMD) in US for two years and then has returned and build on his research at UCD for another year. This project is delivered through practical application of integrated modelling approaches in two study regions (1) Baltimore-Washington Region (BWR) in US during outgoing phase (2014-2016) and (2) Greater Dublin Region (GDR) in Ireland during return phase (2016-2017).

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