Urban Environment Project

The Approach

To ensure that the environmental impacts of development can be adequately assessed we need to be able to integrate environmental data into decision support tools so that informed choices and decisions can be made by policy makers and practitioners at both national and local levels.

Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS) provide a powerful means of processing, storing, analysing and visualising a wide range of data pertaining to the world around us. MOLAND is a land-use model developed for the EC Joint Research Centre which allows for in-depth analysis and visualisation of changing land-use patterns in urban regions. It includes demographic, economic and transportation interactions and to date has been created for over 25 urban areas in Europe. By further developing the model the Urban Environment Project will integrate environmental dimensions into existing and new land- use data for the Greater Dublin Region.

Project Description

The Urban Environment Project is broken down into 12 distinct sub-projects, each with a leader and team members. Seven of these will develop new knowledge in their respective fields whilst also linking into the Modelling group. The others focus on management and delivery.

The project is multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional and will act as a roadmap for similar projects at a variety of scales.

The sub-projects are as follows:

The figure below shows an overview of the Project structure.

Organisational Structure