Sustainable land use, launch of the LANDSUPPORT interactive platform
It will soon be possible to make decisions aimed at the sustainability of agriculture and forestry through an app, which will allow the analysis and processing of data useful to farmers and land use planners. All this was made possible by the EU LANDSUPPORT project, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and coordinated by Italy through CRISP-Interdepartmental Research Centre of the University of Naples Federico II.
The new platform will be developed and implemented over a period of three and a half years and will establish numerous indicators for soil and environmental analysis – such as rainfall, amount of water absorbed and soil erosion, climate and emissions of pollutants – providing users with updated data and information in real time.
The data provided by LANDSUPPORT will be useful for farmers, for example, to assess the effects produced by the modification of an irrigation plan or by crop changes, but also for municipal and regional authorities, who will have a valid tool to develop strategies to prevent and minimize land degradation, soil erosion and pollution. Users will also be able to actively interact with the platform, carrying out simulations that will allow them to verify any changes in the soil following the decisions made.
The project involves 10 international partners from Italy, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, France, Lebanon and Malaysia. Italy coordinates the project through the University of Naples Federico II. The National Research Council, Ispra, University of Milan and Regione Campania also participate in the project.