soil ecosystem services; transdisciplinary learning; governance; virtual decision support system; soil functions ; Decision-making platform
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In Switzerland and worldwide, soil provides humankind with a range of crucial goods and services. Yet, demand for soil resources is increasing at such a pace and scale that soil functionalities are threatened, which might impact the sustainable provision of soil services and thus human well-being in the long-term. Current spatial legislation is however primarily concerned with the question of land use and disregards the question of availability of the resources in space and time. If we thus consider soil as a key resource in the context of sustainable soil use, then decisions resulting in land use change have to be taken after consideration of economic, social and ecological aspects of soil functions and the related soil ecosystem services potentially provided by these soils. In addition, as decision-making on land use changes is becoming the shared domain of multiple groups of actors on regional and local scales, sustainable soil use needs to link knowledge on soil functions and their services to the policy context, substantive laws, the organizational framework and the administrative process, in which heterogeneous stakeholders with different demands deliberate about sustainable spatial development.The primary goal of OPSOL is thus to provide cross-scale governance structures and new institutional, policy and fiscal incentives necessary to secure transitions to a sustainable spatial development. This project will go beyond existing state-of-the-art by developing a participatory virtual 3D spatial decision support tool for practice linking soil properties, and functional soil maps with the demand for soil services in an iterative transdisciplinary learning process with relevant policy makers and stakeholders. The research project will provide (1) advanced understanding of the societal, economic and political conditions linked to individual and collective decision-making processes supporting the required land use transformation for meeting future demands for soil uses, (2) an integrated virtual decision support system integrating spatially explicit soil functionalities and demand for soil services for understanding the impacts of soil uses on soil functionalities in space and time, and (3) a set of strategies reconciling the long-term goals of a sustainable spatial development with often rather short/term oriented individual and collective actions. While the virtual decision support system will be validated in 2 exemplar case studies explicitly addressing main pressures on soil resources, the generic knowledge linking soil properties and functions harmonized with the Swiss digital archive for soil information (NABODAT), soil ecosystem services, and libraries of 3D objects of different vegetation types and infrastructures for landscape visualization will allow implementing the system in other areas for generalizing acquired knowledge.