Analysis of soil consumption and landslides impacts in coastal areas
LIFE+IMAGINE deals with the application of environmental analysis methodologies to assess impacts caused by soil consumption and landslides in coastal areas. These methodologies, discussed and agreed during the first project phase, are in course of application to the four pilot sites of the project (link) for which first significant results are already available. The methodologies, foreseeing the use and the integration of multi-sources data as the Copernicus data, and the first results of their application to the pilot sites are described into details in two project documents issued in March 2015. The development of this analysis methodologies allows a “standardized” assessment of territorial impacts from considered phenomena.
At the project end, the results from the application of these analysis methodologies to the pilot sites, and their validation, will consist in the preparation of best practice manuals, technical reports, indicators, thematic maps to support the coastal planning processes that, thanks to being standard and standardize, can be applied in different environmental and regional contexts.
Data harmonization in compliance with the INSPIRE Directive
To support the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive and its application, LIFE+IMAGINE develops methodologies and instruments to carry out the harmonization and validation process, with particular reference to some data themes used in the project. The harmonization and validation toolkit is composed of documents that provide to the end user the guidelines on how to proceed in the harmonization and validation, as well as of the examples derived by their application into the project.
Implementation of an infrastructure of interoperable data and services
LIFE+IMAGINE develops a technological infrastructure of interoperable data and web services supporting the harmonization, the processing and the visualization of results. LIFE+IMAGINE infrastructure is composed of technological elements already available and developed in other projects, as well as of elements specifically developed according to the project needs.
On a technological point of view, the open standard criteria are of crucial importance in order to assure the reuse of technological components in other contexts and their interoperability with other systems. The infrastructure, currently in course of development, will be accessible by authorized users from the home page of the project web site.
Development of web services for the environmental analysis
LIFE+IMAGINE infrastructure includes a series of innovative services allowing the final user to discovery, access, use and reuse the spatial information at local and European level.
The publication of data in a standard format and through standardized services is one of the key principles upon which LIFE+IMAGINE is based. Within the first year of activities, the project identified and described into details a series of use cases of the LIFE+IMAGINE infrastructure by different kinds of users. This process allowed to define the services to be implemented and related specifications. Through the web services hosted in the LIFE+IMAGINE infrastructure, the users of the system will be in fact able to calculate indicators on soil consumption or the landslides impact on a critical infrastructure like a road. First web services developed in LIFE+IMAGINE and needed to implement the use cases above are now in a testing phase.
Implementation of training framework
LIFE+IMAGINE dedicates important resources to the training of final users, with the aim to promote the use the exploitation of project products and results. The infrastructure, which is accessible from the LIFE+IMAGINE web site upon registration, integrates e-learning tools with training modules and training material. Specific learning paths are proposed for different professional categories, from decision makers to technician of public administrations. Face-to-face training courses are moreover organized within the various project events