“Within the LANDSUPPORT platform, I mainly use the “spatial planning” tools. LANDSUPPORT gives the unique opportunity to obtain an easy access to a huge amount of data and information, and to combine them.
For example, the tools on “Geospatial knowledge” and “Monitoring” allow a detailed description of a territory – a town or a region – based on the peculiarities of urban structure, environmental characteristics and recent urban growth trajectories. With the help of the cited tools, local planners can rapidly build a descriptive framework; moreover, there is the possibility to repeat the same analysis for a non-expert user (the platform is free and user-friendly), thus easing communication with stakeholders and non-expert audiences.
Beside the cited tools, a more expert public can use tools as “New urban development” and “New green corridor”, giving the possibility to simulate the impact of urban growth or transformation of urban areas into more natural landscapes, highlighting advantages and threats.
The usefulness of the LANDUPPORT platform comes from its characteristics. In fact the platform is open, easy to use, and user-friendly even for a non-expert audience; moreover, it gives the unique opportunity to make complex elaborations and simulations in short times, at a detailed scale (municipal or even smaller), for a considerable amount of countries.”