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A Web Based Spatial Decision Supporting System for Land Management and Soil Conservation : Volume 7, Issue 1 (12/02/2015)

By Terribile, F.

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Title: A Web Based Spatial Decision Supporting System for Land Management and Soil Conservation : Volume 7, Issue 1 (12/02/2015)  
Author: Terribile, F.
Volume: Vol. 7, Issue 1
Language: English
Subject: Science, Solid, Earth
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Bonfante, A., Orefice, N., Valentini, S., Vingiani, S., Mileti, F. A., Basile, A.,...Marotta, L. (2015). A Web Based Spatial Decision Supporting System for Land Management and Soil Conservation : Volume 7, Issue 1 (12/02/2015). Retrieved from

Description: Department of Agriculture, University of Naples Federico II, Via Università 100, Portici (NA), Italy. Today it is evident that there are many contrasting demands on our landscape (e.g. food security, more sustainable agriculture, higher income in rural areas, etc.) but also many land degradation problems.

It has been proved that providing operational answers to these demands and problems is extremely difficult.

Here we aim to demonstrate that a Spatial Decision Support System based on geospatial cyber-infrastructure (GCI) can embody all of the above, so producing a smart system for supporting decision making for agriculture, forestry and urban planning with respect to the landscape.

In this paper, we discuss methods and results of a special kind of GCI architecture, one that is highly focused on soil and land conservation (SOILCONSWEB-LIFE+ project). The system allows us to obtain dynamic, multidisciplinary, multiscale, and multifunctional answers to agriculture, forestry and urban planning issues through the web. The system has been applied to and tested in an area of about 20 000 ha in the South of Italy, within the framework of a European LIFE+ project.

The paper reports – as a case study – results from two different applications dealing with agriculture (olive growth tool) and environmental protection (soil capability to protect groundwater).

Developed with the help of end users, the system is starting to be adopted by local communities. The system indirectly explores a change of paradigm for soil and landscape scientists. Indeed, the potential benefit is shown of overcoming current disciplinary fragmentation over landscape issues by offering – through a smart web based system – truly integrated geospatial knowledge that may be directly and freely used by any end user ( This may help bridge the last much important divide between scientists working on the landscape and end users.

A web based spatial decision supporting system for land management and soil conservation

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