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Cross-border Geodesign: Inspire supported windturbine planning

eduardo dias, Maurice de Kleijn and Azarakhsh Rafiee

(Submission #316)


This presentation will discuss how an innovative (spatial) decision support systems can use INSPIRE data for the planning of wind turbine locations. Deciding the location for a turbine or even a wind park is a multidisciplinary task that affects and should involve different stakeholders (naturally with different ideas, priorities and abilities). Providing adequate access to information about potential locations (and potential effects) that integrates the different aspects of a wind turbine can support common understanding and informed discussions. This presentation will demonstrate the opportunities and limitations of using INSPIRE datasets for planning wind turbine locations. Inspire plays an important role in projects close to the national borders as wind turbines placed in one country may have significant impacts in the other country. The system tested supports the geodesign process, where the different alternative and scenarios are evaluated in real time and the users can use the system feedback to improve the design choices. By using Inspire compliant open standard web services the system allows flexible loading and querying of different (massive) geospatial datasets from different sources which enables interoperability that is of crucial importance in multidisciplinary process. Example of Inspire datasets needed for the process are: Land Cover (Annex II), used in determining the availability of land for placing turbines, but also in the sound models as different land cover have different acoustic reflection properties; Addresses (Annex I) and Buildings (Annex III) are used to determine how many residential houses are affected by the turbine externalities. The system should have flexible architecture to enable effortless application in multiple countries. The presentation will report on the (conditional) input data availability, detailing the reports on the efforts, pains and joys of discovering and using INSPIRE datasets for cross border planning.


Topic Area:  [1.8] Spatial planning (land – maritime – coastal zones)
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   No
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No
Comments:   windturbines, energy transition, SDSS, geodesign

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