CcASPAR: Climate Change and Changes in Spatial Structures
CcASPAR is an inter-disciplinary academic and Strategic Basic Research Project (SBO) financed by the Agency for Innovation, Science and Technology (IWT).
Climate change is expected to have wide-ranging impacts worldwide (IPCC, 2007). These impacts will have a major effect on various sectors, including water management, agriculture, nature and urban planning (e.g. urban heat stress). Basically, (anthropogenic) climate change will change the natural boundary conditions of our society and planning itself.
Land use offers many possibilities to adapt and sustain the negative impacts of climate change:
- Increased urban heat stress can, for instance, van be alleviated by incorporating more parks and water in city design (see UHI-impact Ghent, AMRP 2013)
- changes in habitat conditions can be accommodated by natural corridors (see doctoral dissertation Hans Leinfelder)
- Increased flood risk can be moderated by strict spatial planning (see paper)
This project has developed several land-use models for Flanders in order to evaluate how to diminish the effects of climate change under different socio-economic scenarios. At the moment AMRP is responsible for the Flemish Platform on Climate Change, in order to implement the recommendations of the study with the involved stake- and shareholders.