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Urban sprawl: european patterns, environmental degradation and sustainable development

Objective

Urban sprawl is defined as the spread of urban functions and infrastructure into the hinterland. It contributes to local, regional, and global environmental stress. This stress comprises of surface sealing, emission of pollutants due to increased traffic or ecosystem fragmentation. The project seeks to attain across-European overview on the stages and history of urban sprawl, its socio-economic and cultural determinants and its relation to environmental degradation and robust strategies for a transition towards sustainable development. Case studies serve as information base for the identification of patterns of urban sprawl, which are formalized by qualitative models. These models will be used to evaluate policy strategies with respect to the avoidance of unsustainable environmental and socio-economic impacts. In a final step the strategies will be refined for the case study regions to meet their specifics.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

POTSDAM INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH
Address
Telegrafenberg Haus C4
14412 Potsdam
Germany

Participants (9)

ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH - THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES
Germany
Address
Eschholzstrasse 86
79115 Freiburg (In Breisgau)
LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Clarence Street
L3 5UG Liverpool
STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address

106 91 Stockholm
UFZ-UMWELTFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM LEIPZIG-HALLE GMBH
Germany
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
Address
Askerceva, 2
1000 Ljubljana
UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN
Greece
Address
H. Trikopi And Faonos
81100 Mytilini
URBAN PLANNING INSTITUTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
Slovenia
Address
Trnoviski Pristan 2
1127 Ljubljana
VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Austria
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
WARSAW UNIVERSITY
Poland
Address
Krakowski Przedmiescie 30
00 927 Warszawa