Illustration of three comparable land cover mapping based on three different methodological approaches

27-04-2023 / hannes.schwaiger

Tools and guidelines for mapping and modelling procedures

In REGREEN, we develop and utilize a diverse range of mapping and modeling techniques to evaluate the ecosystem services (ES) provided by nature-based solutions (NBS). This report (D3.4 REGREEN) presents an overview of the mapping and modeling procedures that have been developed and utilized in the first three years of the REGREEN project. The mapping and modeling approaches are described in brief and easy-to-understand factsheets that can be used to guide similar projects and explain the methods used. However, the completeness of the different mapping and modeling approaches varies due to the ongoing nature of the project.

We also identify and discuss relevant critical issues for mapping and modelling ES. We discuss the transferability of developed approaches and provide examples of such transfer work. This helps to transmit approaches to other cities and to use them in further environment-related work.

When choosing mapping and modeling approaches, it is important to balance the desired level of detail and resolution of outcomes with available resources. The report provides recommendations on this trade-off for the applied approaches.

Illustration of three comparable land cover mapping based on three different methodological approaches

The REGREEN project aims to investigate how NBS and ES impact people. We explore how vital statistics can be applied location-based to assess links between socio-economic and socio-demographic aspects and NBS interventions and ES provision.

In REGREEN, we aim to use maps and model outputs for wellbeing assessment and economic valuation of ES. Pilot studies for noise and heat mitigation for Paris Region are presented, illustrating the chain from mapping over modelling to economic assessment.

The report also presents scenarios that use maps and models to assess the impact of NBS on ES. Three different types of scenarios are illustrated through case studies: scenarios developed in collaboration with a single city, scenarios applied consistently across multiple cities, and scenarios exploring possible futures or policy directions.

Full report on REGREEN webpage – here