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Integrated Trans European Network Assessment Techniques

Objective

The project will define priority research areas with the principal aim of establishing an Integrated Tool for Strategic Environmental Assessments of European wide network and corridors of transport infrastructure. More specifically the project will:
£ update the "state of the art" methods and techniques and assess the potential of new approaches (incl. cumulative impacts) and technologies
£ enlarge the number of spatial oriented environmental themes, such as land use, landscape, biodiversity ...in SEA
£ harmonise the set of environmental issues and indicators on SEA
£ introduce and explore the system approach of Life Cycle Analysis and its relevance to SEA
£ provide quantitative but also qualitative indicators to be applied in SEA
£ describe outlooks in terms of how remote sensing can enlarge the number and quality of data sets in addition to those already existing within the data banks of the Commission

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Within the framework provided by the main objectives, a number of operational objectives will be addressed as the project proceeds. The principal objectives are:

1. To develop the assessment of the framework for the integrated tool. In an initial stage the guidelines for the analysis in the following workpackages will be defined. Milestone: These will be set out in a confidential report which shall be discussed in a first project progress meeting in the presence of a representative of DGVII. (WP1)
2. To evaluate how enhanced classification techniques and enhanced sensor characteristics can contribute to the attainment of more complete datasets in relation to the envisaged environmental impacts such as land use, nature and biodiversity,...(WP2)
3. To evaluate how Remote Sensing and GIS can contribute to a better interpretation of the GISCO-database layers by providing additional indicators and derived themes (secondary datasets). (WP2)
4. To develop an approach to incorporate the spatial and functional characteristics of landscapes in impact analysis. (WP3)
5. To evaluate the potential of methods to consider cumulative impacts in SEA. (WP3)
6. To develop an approach to incorporate new techniques like Life Cycle Analysis and Cumulative Impact Analysis in the impact analysis. (WP4)
7. To assess an approach for particular environmental impacts related to energy consumption, pollutant emissions, air quality and noise generated during the modelling process. (WP5)
8. To define the weaknesses of current methods and the potential of the new approaches after finalising workpackages 2 to 5. At this stage another milestone can be determined on which internal reporting and discussion can lead to the preparation of the conclusions. (WP6)

To be decided.
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£ pilot SEA of the overall TEN-T assessing energy, emission and safety impacts jointly through the projects STREAMS, COMMUTE/MEET, SCENARIOS, £ pilot SEA of TEN-T for spatial impacts through EEA £ pilot corridor assessments (in close co-operation with the Member States) £ the preparation of a SEA manual of transport networks and corridors European databases will be used, such as CORINE, the GISCO database, the GIS-database of DGVII.

Funding Scheme

STU - Study contracts, assessment contracts

Coordinator

MENS EN RUIMTE N.V.
Address
Waterloolaan 90
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Participants (7)

INSTITUT FUER LANDSCHAFTSPLANUNG UND OEKOLOGIE
Germany
Address
Keplerstr. 11
70174 Stuttgart
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Belgium
Address
Naamsestraat 22
3000 Leuven
ONDERSTEUNEND CENTRUM GIS
Belgium
Address
Gulden Vlieslaan 72
1060 Brussels
PLANUNGSGRUPPE OKOLOGIE + UMVOELT
Germany
Address
Kronenstr. 14
30161 Hannover
SPACE APPLICATIONS INSTITUTE
Italy
Address
Via E. Fermi
21020 Ispra
TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTER OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
02044 VTT Espoo
TUV RHEINLAND SICHERHEIT UND UMWELTSCHUTZ GMBH
Germany
Address
Am Grauen Stein
51101 K"ln