2nd Review Meeting with the European Commission

On 25 January 2021, the LANDSUPPORT project had its 2nd Review Meeting with the European Commission and external reviewers. This Review Meeting served the Project Officer and reviewers to further understand project progress and ask questions, as well as to discuss the current status and next steps.

It was a full-day remote meeting that involved the Coordinator and Project Management Office, the Workpackage leads, and partners on the project side.

It can be stated that it was fruitful discussions and have led to some valuable input and insights for both, the project as well as the EC and reviewers.

Data, results, users: how does the LANDSUPPORT platform work?

By clicking on the “Access to the DSS platform” button on this website’s home page, you are re-directed to the actual LANDSUPPORT platform: you log in, select the tool you want to use and make your query. But what is behind this interface? How does the system transforms raw data into maps and indicators?

The first infographic shows the path from data to users: geographical data are gathered together in a geodatabase, or data tier. Data are then processed in the logic tier, & answers brought to users through a presentation tier.

The second infographic shows how GIS data layers are combined to provide results in the forestry, nitrates and climate resilience tools.

Infographics by ISAFOM-CNR and Centro CRISP

LANDSUPPORT on RE SOIL FOUNDATION

“LANDSUPPORT. This is how the EU exploits the web to check soil’s health” – This is the title of an article by Matteo Cavallito recently appeared on Re Soil Foundation’s website. Soil management involves a large number of variables – different soil types, climatic and biological factors, and so on – and “it is evident that facing management issues one aspect at the time you can only get partial solutions. Whereas an integrated system, able to create a web of information can provide a solution to this impasse”, Cavallito explains to hi readers

a LANDSUPPORT hands-on workshop at the IEMSs conference 2020

The iEMSs Conference aims at enhancing sustainable resource management by bringing together researchers, stakeholders and decision makers engaged with environmental modelling, software and related topics, in order to exchange information, improve cooperation, promote interdisciplinarity and stimulate developments. The 2020 edition was held on September 14-18 in a virtual format, and the focus was on “Modelling for environmental sustainability” – where large attention was devoted to decision making and public participation in environmental modelling.

The LANDSUPPORT project was presented to the community by Fabio Terribile, our project coordinator. Furthermore, the project team organized a hands-on workshop to guide users LANDSUPPORT S-DSS platform and specifically on two tools from European level to regional/local scale: (i) Pollutants transport & groundwater vulnerability and (ii) Land take & Land Degradation Neutrality. The session also gave room to discussions among participants and the project team.

DSS for land policies implementation: relationship between land use and climate change

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Virtual workshop – 30th June 2020

Which relationships exist between different land uses and climate change? And how can innovative decision-support platforms can support the investigation of these relationships?

These questions will be discussed at the virtual workshop, where the LANDSUPPORT platform will be used to demonstrate the operational aspects of DSS systems during a hands-on session.

The workshop is organized by the Ministry of the Environment with the scientific support of CRISP, University of Naples Federico II and CNR ISAFOM.
Participation is reserved to public administration officials

Participation to the workshop is reserved to public administration officials

Soil4Life-Forum for the sustainable management of soil resources

LANDSUPPORT coordinator CRISP UNA and ISPRA will join the Soil4Life Forum on December 12th for the sustainable managament of soil resources that will take place in ISPRA Headquarters in Roma.

Workshop WP7 – Tool on LANDTAKE

On Wednesday 6th of November 2019 in Naples, the Tool on LAND TAKE is being presented at the Directorate General for Agricultural Policies (Campania Region) offices. In particular it’s access methods, databases, queries, developed indicators, as well as the reporting forms are being illustrated. The mentioned Tool was previously presented (June 2019) to the European Commission, who showed to be very interested in this application, which is able to supply data results relating to the whole territory of the European Union.

The land consumption trend in Italy, which also involves soils characterized by high fertility, has now become unsustainable, both in terms of quality and quantity. As the latest ISPRA report showed, Land Consumption in Italy keeps growing: the new artificial roofs in 2018 involved 51 square kilometers of land: that is to say, on average, about 14 hectares per day. The H2020 LANDSUPPORT project intends to answer to the question: what tools have we got, among the different contexts of land management, to contrast and monitor soil consumption and soil sealing as well as the subsequent loss of ecosystem services?

Our presentation will be displayed directly on the S-DSS smart decision support system, already available on the web platform , which is able to integrate territorial and environmental data and analysis and evaluation models, in order to make information tools available for a sustainable soil and territory management in different areas (agriculture, forestry, urban areas) and to support the reporting and the urban and territorial planning.

LANDSUPPORT joins the Wageningen Soil conference 2019

Wageningen University & Research, ISRIC and IBED organized the fourth edition of the Wageningen Soil Conference from August 27th to 30th.

In the 2019 edition, the focus was on “Understanding soil functions: from ped to planet”.

Gina Marano – UNA – attended the side conference event SOIL HORIZON workshop organized by iSQAPER & LANDMARK H2020 projects, under the invitation of Rachel Cramer (LANDMARK’s coordinator, WUR) as Landsupport’s expert in a panel for evaluating ISQ4aper and Soil Navigator (LANDMARK’s DSS, soilnavigator.eu).

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Land Take Tool at the First Joint Meeting on SPSS 2019

The Land take tool of LANDSUPPORT has been presented by Fabio Terribile and Giuliano Langella – UNA – as keynote lecture at the First Joint Meeting on Soil and Plant System Sciences (SPSS 2019).

The meeting, organized by the Italian Society of Agricultural Chemistry (SICA), the Italian Society of Pedology(SIPe) and the Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS), took place at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute Campus in Valenzano(Bari, Italy), 23-26 September 2019.