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  • An early warning system for land use planners

    Before making large changes to land use, such as new transport networks, it is important to assess what the environmental impact will be. Ideally, the assessment should be conducted as early as possible and to be useful, must be fast and simple with clear recommendations. Researchers have developed a new environmental impact assessment method for changes to large geographic areas, which they ...

  • Watershed resources registry one of several new tools for planners

    Managers, planners, and regulators are looking for new ways to coordinate and improve their efforts to protect entire watersheds. The May-June issue of the National Wetlands Newsletter features two articles that feature new watershed tools. The National Wetlands Inventory has new descriptors to help wetland professionals formulate conservation strategies and assess watershed health, while the ...

  • Transport and land use planning: integrating shared strategies

    Incorporating land use and transport planning in the early stages of a development project can lead to improved strategies for urban planners. A recent study suggests that a mediated process is successful in supporting shared decisions about land use and transport. Greater integration of land use and transport planning will lead to more sustainable transport systems and reduce ecological impact. ...

  • Nation’s Authoritative Land Cover Map new and improved

    Just released, the latest edition of the nation’s most comprehensive look at land-surface conditions from coast to coast shows the extent of land cover types from forests to urban areas. The National Land Cover Database (NLCD 2011) is made available to the public by the U.S. Geological Survey and ...

  • Latest Edition of the National Land Cover Database Hits the Streets

    This massive database updates our knowledge of the Nation’s land cover and documents precisely where land cover change has occurred between 2001 and 2006. NLCD is used for thousands of applications in such diverse investigations as ecosystem status and health, spatial patterns of biodiversity, indications of climate change, and best practices in land management.  “Periodic ...

  • Bentley Systems makes strategic investment to advance SITEOPS land development optimization technology

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced that it has acquired a minority interest in Charlotte, N.C.-based BLUERIDGE Analytics, Inc., provider of SITEOPS – breakthrough site design optimization technology that utilizes cloud computing to save substantial time and ...

  • 2014 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer to explore use of groundwater spreadsheets to solve simple, complex problems

    The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation’s 2014 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer Carlos Molano, PE, will present “Groundwater Spreadsheets: Efficient and Practical Resource for Solving Simple and Complex Flow, Pollution, and Environmental Problems.” Molano, cofounder and president of Hidrogeocol (formerly Hidrogeologia Colombiana Ltd.) with headquarters in ...

  • Europe`s eye in the sky provides cities with tools for smart development

    European cities need reliable and comparable urban planning information for safe, sustainable and prosperous development. This year, for the first time, 185 cities from all 27 EU Member States, will benefit from the 'Urban Atlas', which has been produced by the European Commission and Member States with the support of European space technology. Compiled from thousands of satellite photographs, ...

  • Mouchel expands planning team with new appointment

    Consulting and business services group Mouchel has demonstrated its commitment to providing a comprehensive planning service by appointing Roger Prescott as Principal Planner in its Environmental Planning and Sustainability team. Roger’s appointment strengthens Mouchel’s interdisciplinary planning capability by ensuring the existing planning skills across the company are better utilised. This ...


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  • Equitable Development Workshop Scheduled Feb. 6 in Kansas City, Mo.

    EPA will join city and county staff, planners, state and federal agency leaders, environmental justice advocates and others committed to building safer, healthier and more livable communities at an Equitable Development Workshop on Feb. 6 in Kansas City, Mo. The workshop will discuss neighborhood revitalization and economic development approaches for low-income, minority, tribal, and other ...

  • Reducing stormwater damage

    When an area is changing from rural to urban, city planners try to measure the impact of development on a whole host of 'quality of life' factors. What will happen to traffic patterns? Will the community need new schools? Who will provide water and sewer services, with how much capacity? These are tough questions, but they are measureable. On the other hand, the pressure of urbanization on ...

  • Global urban expansion threatens biodiversity and carbon storage

    Over the next 30 years, there is a vital need for planners to shape urban expansion to minimise the impact on biodiversity and carbon losses from land use change, according to a recent study. The number of people living in urban areas is expected to increase by 1.3 billion to a total of nearly 5 billion people by 2030. Habitats, biodiversity and carbon stored in vegetation will all be ...

  • Policies to limit urban sprawl compared

    There is a growing demand for new settlements in and around urban areas due to social, economic and population factors. However, this can lead to the loss of agricultural land and green spaces that provide essential ecosystem services and contribute to the wellbeing of local people. Several countries, such as the UK and Germany, have attempted to limit the growth of urban areas by encouraging the ...

  • Surveyed professionals feel local authorities should have more influence in urban density

    Density in the urban environment can encompass a multitude of factors such as population or dwelling density or the density of green areas. A new study surveyed professionals regarding how decisions on urban density are made, and has revealed that many feel that developers make most of these decisions, but that local authority planners should have more influence. Although density is a key element ...

  • New framework to assess brownfield development potential

    Researchers have proposed a new framework to assess the potential for redeveloping large contaminated brownfield sites. The framework applies a range of spatial assessment methods to analyse remediation costs, economic value and the sustainability of different land-use types, and to recommend suitably mixed land-use options for redevelopment. Redeveloping brownfields can address health, ...

  • Balancing urban expansion with biodiversity conservation

    In developing countries economic growth is linked with expansion of urban areas and changes in land use, including conversion of forests to agricultural land. An investigation of the impacts of two neighbouring cities in central Panama has revealed that continued expansion is likely to cause future habitat loss, which in turn could lead to a decline in species diversity. A key factor underpinning ...

  • A straightforward approach to assessing urban ecosystem services

    Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change relies on the services provided by nature; new research has now demonstrated the wide potential of urban ecosystem services to aid local adaptation efforts. This study developed and trialled a streamlined method for assessing ecosystem services, such as temperature reduction and carbon sequestration, in four European cities, providing a valuable tool ...

  • Trees reduce city temperatures, say EU researchers

    In light of global climate change, temperature control should be an important consideration in the design of the urban environment as a public health measure. New research shows how different urban land cover types, such as concrete and grass, affect the air temperature in cities. The study could help planners reduce the effects of hot summers. High temperatures in cities, during heat-waves, have ...

  • Protecting Europe`s forests: the value of standardised guidelines

    A network of protected forest areas (PFAs) stretching across Europe plays a major role in conserving a wealth of biodiversity. However, a recent study voices concerns that the full benefits of such areas will not be reaped unless a standardised approach, which uses scientific guidelines, is used to help select forest areas for protection. Poor connections between forest areas, unsuitable ...

  • DoT releases study of climate change and effects on Gulf Coast transportation

    The US Dept. of Transportation (DoT) on Wednesday released a study of the potential impacts climate change and land subsidence could have on the Gulf Coast region's transportation infrastructure. Examining an area that includes 48 contiguous counties in four states - from Galveston, Texas to Mobile, Alabama — the DoT has undertaken the study to provide valuable information to regional ...

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