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OPSOL: Matching soil functions and soil uses in space and time for sustainable spatial development and land management - operationalizing cross-scale interactions in a virtual collaborative decision support system

English title OPSOL: Matching soil functions and soil uses in space and time for sustainable spatial development and land management - operationalizing cross-scale interactions in a virtual collaborative decision support system
Applicant Grêt-Regamey Adrienne
Number 143092
Funding scheme NRP 68 Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource
Research institution Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems Institute for Spatial and Landscape Planning ETH Zuerich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences
Start/End 01.06.2013 - 30.11.2016
Approved amount 578'507.00
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All Disciplines (6)

Discipline
Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences
Political science
Agricultural Engineering
Pedology
Forest Engineering
Social geography and ecology

Keywords (6)

soil ecosystem services; transdisciplinary learning; governance; virtual decision support system; soil functions ; Decision-making platform

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Eine nachhaltige Bodennutzung muss die zahlreichen Ansprüche an den Boden unter Berücksichtigung der Bodenfunktionen aufeinander abstimmen. Adrienne Grêt-Regamey und ihr Team entwickeln eine 3D-Visualisierungsplattform, mit der Akteure gemeinsam Strategien zur nachhaltigen Bodennutzung entwickeln können. Der Einsatz der Plattform wird durch die Entwicklung neuer Politik-Instrumente begleitet, sodass sich Handlungsempfehlungen für die nachhaltige Bodennutzung ableiten lassen.
Lay summary

Sowohl als Produktionsgrundlage für die Land- und Forstwirtschaft als auch als Lebensraum für Organismen und Puffer von Kreisläufen stellt der Boden die Bereitstellung von Nahrungsmitteln, Trinkwasser und Rohstoffen sicher. Er schützt vor Hochwasser und reguliert das Klima. Die steigende Versiegelung des Bodens ist nur eine der Nutzungen, die diese Funktionen beeinträchtigen und so verhindern, dass der Boden seine wirtschaftlich relevanten Leistungen auf Dauer bereitstellen kann.

Ziel des Projekts ist es, eine Entscheidungsplattform für die nachhaltige Bodennutzung zu entwickeln. Eine interaktive Plattform verknüpft räumliche Informationen zu Bodeneigenschaften und Bodenfunktionalitäten mit den wirtschaftlichen, ökologischen und sozialen Effekten verschiedener Bodennutzungen und visualisiert die Ergebnisse in 3D. Akteure können dadurch den Einfluss verschiedener Bodennutzungen auf Bodeneigenschaften und -funktionalitäten in Echtzeit verfolgen. In einem gemeinsamen iterativen Lernprozess können sie auf diese Weise nachhaltige Bodennutzungen für die Zukunft bestimmen. In zwei Fallstudien wird die Entwicklung innovativer institutioneller und fiskaler Politik-Instrumente untersucht.

Neben einer 3D-Entscheidungsplattform, die auf den Bodendaten des Bodeninformationssystems NABODAT aufbaut, entwickelt das Projekt optimale Bodennutzungsszenarien für die Fallstudienregionen. Es gewinnt Kenntnisse über den Entscheidungsprozess und formuliert Handlungsempfehlungen. Die Erkenntnisse aus der Verknüpfung von Bodeneigenschaftenkarten mit Bodenfunktionen und 3D-Visualisierungen von Bodenleistungen wird erlauben, die Plattform in anderen Gebieten einzusetzen und damit die Entwicklung und Umsetzung nachhaltiger regionaler Strategien für die Bodennutzung zu unterstützen.

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Lay Summary (French)

Lead
Une utilisation durable du sol demande de pondérer demande et capacité de prestations du sol à long terme. Adrienne Grêt-Regamey et son équipe développent une plate-forme virtuelle 3D au moyen de laquelle les acteurs concernés peuvent formuler des stratégies communes visant à l’adoption d’une utilisation durable du sol. De nouveaux instruments politiques sont testés dans la plate-forme de décision afin que des recommandations pour une utilisation durable du sol puissent être formulées.
Lay summary

Le sol rend des services indispensables à la vie humaine et apportent une contribution essentielle à notre bien-être que ce soit en tant que production de biomasse pour l’agriculture et la sylviculture, d’eau douce, de support pour des beaux paysages culturels se prêtant à une exploitation touristique commerciale, ou d’autres services de régulations comme les effets tampons sur les inondations et le changement climatique. L’imperméabilisation croissante du sol n’est que l’un des facteurs qui entravent la capacité du sol de mettre à disposition ces prestations importantes sur le plan économique.

L’objectif du projet est de développer une plate-forme de décision permettant de formuler des stratégies pour une utilisation durable du sol. Une plate-forme virtuelle interactive met en relation les données spatiales sur les propriétés et les fonctions du sol avec les prestations économiques, écologiques et sociales de ses différentes utilisations. Les acteurs peuvent ainsi investiguer en temps réel l’influence d’une future stratégie d’utilisation du sol sur ses propriétés et ses fonctions. De cette manière, ils peuvent, dans le cadre d’un processus commun d’apprentissage itératif, définir des utilisations durables du sol pour demain. Le développement d’instruments politiques institutionnels et fiscaux novateurs est examiné à travers deux études de cas.

Outre une plate-forme de décision en 3D reposant sur les données pédologiques du système d’information sur les sols NABODAT, le projet élabore des scénarios d’utilisation optimale des sols pour les régions étudiées. Il recueille des connaissances concernant le processus de décision et formule des recommandations. Les connaissances tirées de la mise en relation des cartes de propriétés du sol avec ses fonctions et les visualisations en 3D de ses services permettront d’appliquer la plate-forme à d’autres endroits, contribuant ainsi au développement et à la mise en œuvre de stratégies régionales d’utilisation durable du sol.

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Lay Summary (English)

Lead
A sustainable use of our soil resources needs to be balanced against the capacity of soil to provide the required services over space and time in the future. Adrienne Grêt-Regamey and her team are developing a 3D virtual platform with which the various parties can develop joint strategies to achieve sustainable soil use. The effectiveness of new instruments is tested in the platform, thus flowing directly into the formulation of recommendations for sustainable soil use.
Lay summary

Soil provides humankind with a range of crucial goods and services such as nutrients, drinking water and raw materials, both as a production basis for agriculture and forestry and as habitat for organisms. It provides protection from flooding and regulates the climate. Soil sealing is just one of the uses that harm these functions, thereby preventing the soil to provide important economic services in the long term.

The aim of this project is to develop a decision support platform for sustainable soil use. An interactive platform links spatial information of soil properties and soil functionalities with economic, ecological and social effects of various soil uses and visualises the results in a 3D virtual environment. The platform users can thereby assess the effects of various soil uses on soil properties and functionalities in real-time. By way of a participative and iterative learning process, stakeholders can determine sustainable soil use strategies. In two case studies, the development of innovative, institutional and fiscal policy instruments are being examined.

In addition to a 3D decision support platform, based on the soil data of the soil information system NABODAT, the project will advance 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. The generic linkage of soil property maps with soil functions and 3D visualisations of soil uses will enable implementing the system in other areas for generalizing acquired knowledge and in doing so supporting the development of sustainable soil use strategies.

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Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Mapping uncertainties in the future provision of ecosystem services in a mountain region in Switzerland
Brunner Sibyl Hanna, Huber Robert, Grêt-Regamey Adrienne (2017), Mapping uncertainties in the future provision of ecosystem services in a mountain region in Switzerland, in Regional Environmental Change, 17(8), 2309-2321.
Policy strategies to foster the resilience of mountain social-ecological systems under uncertain global change
Brunner Sibyl Hanna, Grêt-Regamey Adrienne (2016), Policy strategies to foster the resilience of mountain social-ecological systems under uncertain global change, in Environmental Science & Policy, 66, 129-139.
Coupling a settlement growth model with an agro-economic land allocation model for securing ecosystem services provision
Drobnik Thomas, Huber Robert, Grêt-Regamey Adrienne (2016), Coupling a settlement growth model with an agro-economic land allocation model for securing ecosystem services provision, in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60(7), 1127-1152.
Shedding light on the usability of ecosystem services–based decision support systems: An eye-tracking study linked to the cognitive probing approach
Klein Thomas Michael, Drobnik Thomas, Grêt-Regamey Adrienne (2016), Shedding light on the usability of ecosystem services–based decision support systems: An eye-tracking study linked to the cognitive probing approach, in Ecosystem Services, 19, 65-86.
A backcasting approach for matching regional ecosystem services supply and demand
Brunner Sibyl Hanna, Huber Robert, Grêt-Regamey Adrienne (2016), A backcasting approach for matching regional ecosystem services supply and demand, in Environmental Modelling & Software, 75, 439-458.
Ecosystem services visualization and communication: A demand analysis approach for designing information and conceptualizing decision support systems
Klein T.M., Celio E., Grêt-Regamey A. (2015), Ecosystem services visualization and communication: A demand analysis approach for designing information and conceptualizing decision support systems, in Ecosystem Services, 13, 173-183.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
ETH, Andreas Papritz Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Diggelmann Planung, Hansruedi Diggelmann Switzerland (Europe)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Agroscope, Armin Keller Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Arbeitsgruppe Digital Soil Mapping Talk given at a conference Die Bewertung von Bodenfunktionen in der Ecosystem Service Community – eine Literaturstudie 23.04.2016 Tübingen, Germany Greiner Michell Lucie; Keller Armin;
Swiss Soil Science Society Talk given at a conference Das OPSOL Projekt OPerationalizing cross-scale interactions of soil functions, SOiL uses, spatial development and land management spatially explicit in a decision support system 04.02.2016 Genf, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne; Drobnik Thomas;
PMSoil Predictive Mapping of soil properties for the evaluation of soil functions at regional scale: Bodenfunktionen bewerten Anwendungsbeispiele Wasserhaushalt und Landwirtschaft Talk given at a conference PMSoil Predictive Mapping of soil properties for the evaluation of soil functions at regional scale: Bodenfunktionen bewerten Anwendungsbeispiele Wasserhaushalt und Landwirtschaft 04.02.2016 Genf, Switzerland Keller Armin; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne; Greiner Michell Lucie;
Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership in South Africa, Talk given at a conference Shedding light on the usability of ecosystem services information 09.11.2015 Stellenbosch, South Africa Grêt-Regamey Adrienne; Klein Thomas Michael;
Pedometrics 2015 Conference Talk given at a conference Integration of assessment methods for soil services in ecosystem service frameworks 14.09.2015 Cordoba, Spain Greiner Michell Lucie; Keller Armin;
7th Conference of the Ecosystem Service Partnership Talk given at a conference About communicating ecosystems services' information - a user demand analysis 08.09.2015 San Jose, Costa Rica Grêt-Regamey Adrienne; Klein Thomas Michael;
Annual Meeting of the German Soil Science Community Talk given at a conference Bewertungsmethoden für Bodenfunktionen in der Schweiz 07.09.2015 München, Germany Zimmermann Stefan; Keller Armin;
UFRO Landscape Ecology Conference Talk given at a conference An ES-based Decision Support System to meet the challenges of spatial planning in mountain regions 23.08.2015 Tartu, Estonia Drobnik Thomas; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
9th IALE World Congress Talk given at a conference Planning pathways to resilient landscapes in collaborative platforms 08.07.2015 Portland, United States of America Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
MESEU, Mapping Ecosystem Services EU Talk given at a conference Ecosystem services and soil functions in Switzerland 12.05.2015 Bruxelles, Belgium Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Landmanagement im Jahr des Bodens Talk given at a conference Boden als Ressource als Potential quantitativ und qualitativ aus Sicht der Hochschule 03.05.2015 Zurich, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
12th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Poster Spatial prediction of soil properties and soil function potentials from legacy soil data and environmental covariates 21.11.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Zimmermann Stefan; Greiner Michell Lucie; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne; Keller Armin;
12th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Poster Towards soil function assessment for switzerland 21.11.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Zimmermann Stefan; Keller Armin; Greiner Michell Lucie;
4th International and Interdisciplinary Symposium of the European Academy of Land Use and Development Talk given at a conference Matching soil functions and soil uses in space and time for sustainable spatial development and land management – an overview of the project OPSOL 04.09.2014 Krakow, Poland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne; Drobnik Thomas;
Wageningen Soil Conference Talk given at a conference Assessment and Mapping of Soil Services for Spatial Planning Procedures 23.08.2014 Wageningen, Netherlands Greiner Michell Lucie; Keller Armin;
20th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) Talk given at a conference OPSOL: Operationalizing cross-scale interactions of soil functions, soil uses, spatial development and land management spatially explicit in a decision support tool 08.06.2014 Hanover, Germany Drobnik Thomas; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Workshop Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft (DBG) Talk given at a conference Harmonisierung Profil- und Flächendaten in der Schweiz: Stand und Ausblick 10.04.2014 Tübingen, Germany Keller Armin;
Annual Meeting of Swiss Soil Science Society Talk given at a conference Bodenfunktionsbewertung: Die Rolle des Bodens anderen Fachdisziplinen kommunizieren 05.02.2014 Basel, Switzerland Greiner Michell Lucie; Zimmermann Stefan; Keller Armin;
11th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Talk given at a conference NRP68 projects PMSoil, iMSoil, OPSOL: From legacy soil data and element cycles in agro-ecosystems to a land use decision support system for sustainable use of soils 15.11.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland Keller Armin; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
International Conference Protection of soil functions | challenges for the future Poster Towards soil function assessment methods for Switzerland 16.10.2013 Pulawi, Poland Keller Armin; Greiner Michell Lucie;
International Conference Protection of soil functions | challenges for the future Talk given at a conference Towards soil function assessment methods for Switzerland 16.10.2013 Pulawi, Poland Keller Armin; Greiner Michell Lucie; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Annual Meeting of the German Soil Science Society Poster Bewertungsmethoden für Bodenfunktionen in der Schweiz? 07.09.2013 Rostock, Germany Keller Armin; Greiner Michell Lucie;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Austausch zur Planung von Vex Talk 11.03.2016 Sion, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Geosummit 2016 Roundtable Workshop 20.01.2016 Bern, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Auslegeordnung zum Bauen ausserhalb Bauzon Workshop 08.12.2015 Ittigen, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
ARE interne Weiterbildung: Entscheidungsunterstützende Systeme für eine sektor- und gemeindeübergreifende Raumentwicklung Talk 12.05.2015 Ittigen, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Séance planification agricole et développement territorial Workshop 21.04.2015 Bern, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
PALM - Testanwendung in der Agglomeration Thun Workshop 17.04.2015 Thun, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
KOLAS 2015, BLW Talk 03.03.2015 Bern, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Législation et pratique hors zone à bâtir Workshop 15.01.2015 Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
SWISSBAU Talk 15.01.2015 Basel, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
AG Raumplanung Talk 04.11.2014 Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Federal Administration Forum Talk 23.10.2014 Ittigen, Switzerland Keller Armin; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Austausch Wisssenschaft - Tripartite Kerngruppe Workshop 22.08.2014 Bern, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Tagung Aussprache zum Bodenschutz in der Schweiz Talk 05.06.2014 Bern, Switzerland Siegrist Dominik; Greiner Michell Lucie; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne; Diggelmann Hansruedi; Keller Armin;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Landwirtschatliche Planung + 29.05.2015 Zurich, Switzerland
Perspektiven für die Raumplanung in der Region ‚Visp und Saastal‘“ 12.05.2015 Visp, Switzerland

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
161896 Development of a spatially distributed Land Management Model for the Swiss Plateau linking agricultural management to soil services and policies 01.01.2016 NRP 68 Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource

Abstract

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.
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