Overview of Project Results

FINAL BROCHURE

The Final Brochure provides an overview of URBAN SMS Project and its results.

It informs the reader on multifunctional character of soil and their importance in urbanized areas, it identifies the major problems of land exploitation in cities and their surroundings and underlines the need of urban soil management strategy and consideration of soil related issues in urban planning. Further it describes the work carried under the URBAN SMS project and explains the solutions provided. Finally it provides a comprehensive information on key project outputs and on a complete set of project results. 

To enable as wide access to project results as possible, the Brochure is available apart of English also in national languages.

Download language mutations of Final Brochure: ENCZ, DE, IT, PL, SK, SL

 

Core Outputs

The URBAN SMS Project addressed several issues related to soils in urbanised areas. It proposed a teorethical concept of soil managements strategy in urbanised areas, formulated practical guidance for municipal soil managers and urban planners, developed software tools for soil assessment, spent an effort in awareness rising and knowledge dissemination. Such wide range of activities resulted in a number of various products. Most important results are the following project Core Outputs

 

MUNICIPAL SOIL MANAGER (EN)

 

SOFTWARE SUITE

Soil Manager Suite (EN)

Soil Manager Suite Handbooks (EN)

Four manuals were prepared to run the software:

Software installation manual Web application URBAN SMS suite (EN) 

Tools and data description manual Web application URBAN SMS suite (EN) 

Web admin user manual Web application URBAN SMS suite (EN) 

Web user manual Web application URBAN SMS suite (EN) 

 

AWARENESS RISING PACKAGE

The awareness rising activities need a wide range of well targeted documents to address different audiences and different soil related issues. The following documents were prepared:

Handbook for Measures Enhancing Soil Function Performance and Compensating Soil Loss During the Urbanization Process (EN)

Compensation Measures for Encroachments on Soil – Stuttgart Assessment (EN)

Assessment of Soil Protection Efficiency and Land Use Change (EN)

Brownfield Redevelopment as an Alternative to Greenfield Consumption in Urban Development in Central Europe (EN)

Baseline Scenario Analysis – Modelling Future Urban Sprawl in Pilot Cities (EN)

Forecast of Urban Sprawl Under Alternative Soil Protection Scenarios (EN)

Environmental Impact of Urban Soil Consumption (EN)

Climatic Impacts of Urban Soil – Executive Summary (EN)

Stakeholders Network for Impact Assessment of Soil Protection Scenarios (EN)

 Road movie “Soil at Risk” (EN/DE with subtitles in CZ, PL, I, SK, SV)

Soils in and around our cities (EN)

Actions and events to make the young generation sensitive to soil (EN)

Current soil management is not sustainable (EN)

 

Complete Set of URBAN SMS Project Results

URBAN SMS Project results are assembled in 34 documents (this involves 31 numbered result items and the subitems designated by small letters a, b, c, d to which is splitted the 12th Item). They are aimed on various aspects of urban soil management and soil conservation in urbanised areas. Most of them are available in English, but several items are provided also in German and Soil Movie (26th Item) is in English and German and it has subtitles in all remaining national languages of project partners (CZ, IT, PL, SK, SL). 

 

[1] Collection of (policy) instruments influencing the use and protection of soil from the partners of the project URBAN SMS (EN)

Overview of international, national, regional and local policy instruments in all URBAN SMS partner countries and their impact on soil.

 

[2] SWOT Analysis – Analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of (Policy) Instruments Regarding the Protection of Soil from the Partners of the Project URBAN SMS (EN)

SWOT analysis of existing policy instruments in all URBAN SMS partner countries regarding the protection of soil.

 

[3] Identification of scientific and practical needs for consideration of soil issues in planning processes (EN)

Collection of soil aspects that should be considered in spatial planning from a scientific and practical view.

 

[4] Existing Soil Management Approaches within Urban Planning Processes (EN)

Overview and transnational synthesis of existing soil management approaches within urban planning procedures by considering specific regulatory requirements regarding spatial planning.

 

[5] Framework “Soils in Spatial Planning” (EN)

Description of needs and approaches for soil management within urban planning procedures by considering specific regulatory requirements regarding spatial planning.

 

[6] Soil Management Approaches in Urban Planning Procedures – Summary of stakeholder consultation (EN)

Summary of stakeholder consultation on the concept of soil management in urban areas with definition of further needs and expectations.

 

[7] Guidance for Soil in Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEA/EIA Guidance) (EN)

Guidance on how to include various soil protection aspects practically in SEA and EIA.

 

[8] Guide Municipal Soil Management (EN)

Guide how to perform sustainable urban planning regarding soil compiled in one concept for soil management in urban areas.

 

[9] Review on Past Efforts (EN)

 

[10] SWOT of Existing Tools (EN)

 

[11] Soil Manager Suite (EN)

Software suite comprising a web-based and a desktop application. Both systems visualize processes and interpret soil data in the context of urban planning.

 

[12] Soil Manager Suite Handbooks (EN)

Four manuals each with a short introduction are available and guide the user through the installation, data preparation, and running of the software: 'Software Installation Manual', 'Tools & Data Description Manual', 'Web Admin User Manual' and 'Web User Manual'.

 (12a) Software installation manual Web application URBAN SMS suite (EN) 

 (12b) Tools and data description manual Web application URBAN SMS suite (EN) 

 (12c) Web admin user manual Web application URBAN SMS suite (EN) 

 (12d) Web user manual Web application URBAN SMS suite (EN) 

   

[13] Technical Concept “Soil Indicator” Stuttgart-Application Concept (EN)

[13] Fachtechnisches Konzept „Bodenindikator“ Anwendungskonzept für das URBAN-SMS-tool „Loss of Soil Resource“ (DE)

Description of the ArcGIS-solution for the URBAN SMS software tool "Loss of soil resource", based on the soil protection concept of Stuttgart.

 

[14] Soil Evaluation Method Recording and Documentation of Archive Functions of Soils in the Stuttgart City Area (EN)

[14] Erfassung und Dokumentation der Archivfunktion von Böden im Stadtgebiet Stuttgart (DE)

The acquisition and documentation of archive functions of soils and their evaluation in terms of natural and cultural history. The City of Stuttgart acts as an example.

 

[15] Review of Existing Soil Compensation Measures (EN)

Review and classification of compensatory instruments supporting protection of soil and soil functions that exist in Central European countries.

 

[16] Handbook for Measures Enhancing Soil Function Performance and Compensating Soil Loss During the Urbanization Process (EN)

A document helping to select measures enhancing soil functions. It contains a list of measures/soil treatments and a description of their impact on soil functions.

 

[17] Compensation Measures for Encroachments on Soil – Stuttgart Assessment (EN)

[17] Kompensationsmaßnahmen für Eingriffe in Böden (DE)

Example approach for calculating soil loss compensation needs and compensation measure benefits based on an index-point system corresponding to the soil protection strategies of the City of Stuttgart.

 

[18] Assessment of Soil Protection Efficiency and Land Use Change (EN)

The report contains spatial information on land transformation into urban purposes in CE cities over a 15-year period and quality of soils lost during the urbanization process. The efficiency of soil protection regulations existing in CE countries is discussed.

 

[19] Brownfield Redevelopment as an Alternative to Greenfield Consumption in Urban Development in Central Europe (EN)

Overview of regulations, guidelines and funding opportunities concerning brownfields in Central Europe. The report provides information on the scale and type of problems related to brownfields and defines bottlenecks for their regeneration.

 

[20] Baseline Scenario Analysis – Modelling Future Urban Sprawl in Pilot Cities (EN)

Forecast of urbanization sprawl in the project pilot cities up to the year 2030 for the baseline scenario assuming no limitations for soil consumption related to soil quality.

 

[21] Forecast of Urban Sprawl Under Alternative Soil Protection Scenarios (EN)

A report containing ex-ante analysis of urban sprawl in pilot cities under scenarios with improved soil protection and its comparison with the effects of no soil protection.

 

[22] Environmental Impact of Urban Soil Consumption (EN)

[22] Umweltauswirkungen der urbanen Bodeninanspruchnahme (DE)

A report providing examples of how to quantify a value of soil functions and evaluate consequences of soil loss in urbanization process. Consequences of water management, local climate and food production are discussed.

 

[23] Climatic Impacts of Urban Soil – Executive Summary (EN)

[23] Klimarelevante Einflüsse urbaner Bodeninanspruchnahme - Deutsche Kurzfassung (DE) 

A report containing information on mechanisms of soil sealing impact on local climate and air quality as well as its contribution to global climate change. An example procedure for quantification of the sealing impact is provided.

 

[24] Klimarelevante Einflüsse urbaner Bodeninanspruchnahme Langfassung (DE)

An extended report in the German language containing information on soil sealing impact on climate and air quality. An example procedure for quantification of the sealing impact is provided.

 

[25] Stakeholders Network for Impact Assessment of Soil Protection Scenarios (EN)

The report on establishment of a stakeholder network within the pilot cities of the project. It contains opinions of stakeholders on key sustainability issues in cities of Central Europe and an impact assessment of soil protection scenarios.

 

[26]  Road movie “Soil at Risk” (EN/DE with subtitles in CZ, PL, I, SK, SV)

A movie raising awareness of the role of soil in urban areas. It presents important soil functions and risks for soil resources related to urbanization.

 

[29] Pilot Action Case Study Book (EN)

The document provides the description of the pilot sites in which the URBAN SMS tools were tested. The report contains also the description of results and experiences from the testing process.

 

[27] Soils in and around our cities (EN)

A leaflet presenting soil functions essential for the environment and quality of human life.

 

[28] Actions and events to make the young generation sensitive to soil (EN)

The leaflet presenting examples of raising awareness on soil importance within young generation of urban inhabitants.

 

[30] Experience Report (EN)

The report summarizes the inventory of the sites information like questionnaires, evaluation templates, mind maps and analysis as basis for the URBAN SMS tools testing.

 

[31] Current soil management is not sustainable (EN)

A leaflet summarizing assessments of the past and forecasted soil management trends in cities of Central Europe. It utilizes spatial data and information gathered through participatory impact assessment.

Last update: 18.07.2012