The integration of ecosystem service mapping in decision-making is crucial to place effective urban design and sustainable planning solutions. Nonetheless, often ecosystem service maps are the product of different data inputs that influences the final modeling output thus affecting final decisions, especially when a finer and site-specific assessment is required to design practical and effective solutions. In this work, the city of Turin (Northwest Italy) was selected as a test site for an empirical experiment of ecosystem service mapping using the software Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST): two habitat quality models of the city were compared in a Geographic Information System environment, the first using the “traditional” sensitivity employed during the LIFE SAM4CP European research while the second using the natural difference vegetation index to re-assign the sensitivity scores. Results demonstrate that the integration of site-specific information in the habitat quality input model generates a different result, which is capable of differentiating all those dense built-up areas of the dense settlement system that provide ecosystem supporting functions at the city-level. These differences were analyzed to define new green hotspots in the compact city while furnishing a new perspective for sustainable city planning.
The Utilization of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index to Map Habitat Quality in Turin (Italy) / Salata, Stefano; Giaimo, Carolina; Barbieri, Carlo Alberto; Ballocca, Andrea; Scalise, Francesco; Pantaloni, Giulio Gabriele. - In: SUSTAINABILITY. - ISSN 2071-1050. - ELETTRONICO. - 12:18(2020), pp. 1-17.
|Titolo:||The Utilization of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index to Map Habitat Quality in Turin (Italy)|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su12187751|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|