UNDER: Geosystem services underneath for sustainable communities and improved spatial planning practices
Geosystem services (GS) are benefits derived by humans from the subsurface: the use of the subsurface to build and construct in and on, groundwater, energy and material extraction, storing of e.g. water, energy and carbon dioxide, providing habitats for ecosystems and support for surface life, and serving as an archive of cultural and geological heritage. Sectorial management and lack of consequent consideration of GS promote the first-come-first-served principle without thorough consideration of competing or complementary subsurface uses, hindering a sustainable management of the subsurface and compromises inter- and intra-generational equity. The proposed project is case study driven with the overall goal to develop a framework for systematic and structured consideration of GS in Swedish planning practices that can support the transformation to sustainable cities and communities. Specific objectives are to: i) advance the concept of GS by identifying and mapping associated societal values (social, environmental and economic), ii) identify methods to assess societal values and investigate possibilities for integration in existing tools, iii) identify structures of governance and develop a broader and practice-informed understanding of the different societal actors in subsurface planning, and iv) create a participative learning environment, extended beyond the project implementation period leading to transformative processes in planning practice.
- Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) (Public, Sweden)
- Holmboe & Skarp AB (Private, Sweden)
- City of Gothenburg (Public, Sweden)
- Lund University (Academic, Sweden)
- University of New South Wales (UNSW) (Academic, Australia)
- Malmö university (Academic, Sweden)
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Professor, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics, Engineering Geology
Jenny is a Professor in the Division of Geology and Geotechnics, she works in the research group Engineering Geology.
Doctoral student, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics, Engineering Geology
Emrik is a PhD student in the Engineering Geology research group. He works with developing thematic representations that can support subsurface planning.
Researcher, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics, Engineering Geology
Yevheniya Volchko is a researcher at Division of Geology and Geotechnics and works in the research group Engineering geology. Her research interests include subsurface planning and decision support...