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Friday, October 5th, 2007

A concept for creating, storing, updating and delivering variable resolution terrain models

The NVRG/Sarepta is an implementation of a terrain model server based on a global variable resolution grid. Access to the system is through a web service, which makes it essentially platform independent. The grid tiles are quadrilaterals of nearly homogeneous size across the globe. Finer resolution levels are generated by regular subdivision. The terrain data

Friday, October 5th, 2007

GIS (Geographical Information Systems) as a Basis for Sustainable

South Africa adheres to global Sustainable Development initiatives, and acknowledges through its 2006 draft publication A Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in South Africa (NFSD) that the Government through various Acts has a legally binding obligation to take responsibility for the environment, the economy and society. In applying these principles as an emerging nation, South

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Model inventory

A number of 20 modelling tools are described in so-called ‘standardised model descriptions. The models described in this manner have been selected based both on the primary model foci and lack of coverage in former model reviews at the EEA. These templates are based on information available in reports or other publicly available documentation. (Download

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Your vision or my model? Lessons from developing participatory land use scenarios at the European

This paper describes and analyses the participatory process in the scenario development in PRELUDE. It was presented at the international workshop “Formalised and Non-Formalised Methods in Resource Management. Knowledge and learning in participatory processes”, 21/22 September 2006, Osnabrueck, Germany (Download Report 2006) (6 pages, 49KB PDF)

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Prospective Environmental Analysis of Land-Use Development in Europe: Understanding the problem

This paper describes and analyses the general approach and key findings from the PRELUDE project and discusses the policy implications. It was presented at the 2006 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change “Resource Policies: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Equity”, that took place 8/9 December 2006, Berlin, Germany (Downlaod Report 2006) (17 pages, 273KB

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Participatory scenarios at the policy-science interface: A suitable tool for long-term strategies?

Our environment is changing at faster speed than ever. Decision-making has become far more complex and uncertain since socio-economic developments are no longer as stable and predictable as in the past. At the same time, many of today’s adressing policy problems are of long-term nature, for example climate change or the ageing of societies in

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Prospective Environmental analysis of Land Use Development in Europe

This paper describes lessons learnt during the development and outreach of the PRELUDE project and draws conclusions for further research. It was presented at the 2007 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Change “Earth System Governance: Theories and Strategies” that took place from the 24-27th May 2007 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Download Report

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

The new Gotthard rail link

AlpTransit Gotthard is creating a flat rail link for future travel through the Alps. At the heart of the new transalpine rail route is Gotthard Base Tunnel. With a length of 57 km, the world’s longest tunnel should become operational at the end of 2016. This pioneering achievement of the 21st century will bring major

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change

Meeting the growing demand for conveniently located homes in walkable neighborhoods could significantly reduce the growth in the number of miles Americans drive, shrinking the nation’s carbon footprint while giving people more housing choices, according to a team of leading urban planning researchers. In a comprehensive review of dozens of studies, published by the Urban

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Greenprint Denver Sustainability Action Plan

Denver joined a number of western cities that pledged to hold themselves accountable and demonstrate leadership at the local level in seven broad areas: energy, waste reduction, urban design, urban nature, transportation, environmental health and water. This plan outlines each action item in detail. Download the Report  (July 2006)

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