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Family visiting Ash Dieback exhibition, Satrosphere, Aberdeen, November 2013
Moving Forward from Ash Dieback, Satrosphere

Green space Services: Community Engagement Case Study (GreenHealth project, Note No. 5)

Green space Services: Community Engagement Case Study, Dundee, using Virtual Reality Modelling An ecosystem approach was used in a case study in Dundee to identify community opinions on current uses of urban green and open spaces, and options for the future. Findings show the importance of the multiple services provided by green spaces, such as places for relaxation and escape, and desires to improve the quality and range of benefits. Outputs included a spatial plan for the Finlathen Park, with contributions to land uses at site and local scales. More information about the GreenHealth project is here.

Renewable Energy Topic: Community engagement and visioning (Topic No. 10)

Community engagement and visioning Public engagement events were run to elicit opinions on options for future land uses, including development of renewable energy options. Representations of landscapes were presented to audiences and their views sought on the impacts of land-use change. Examples included visioning future land use in north-east Scotland, renewable energy landscapes, a windfarm development in Aberdeen Bay, and windfarm developments off the west coast of Scotland. The events contribute to debates on the role of renewables as part of the wider energy mix, a process envisaged in the Scottish Government Renewables Routemap 2020, and in particular potential effects of renewable energy technologies on Scotland’s landscape and communities.

Visualising Coastal Environments (Produced in collaboration with Scottish Association for Marine Sciences)

VISUALISING COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS using virtual reality modelling To discuss and interpret coastal environments with the public and stakeholders, visualisations tools were used to represent the sea floor and surrounding land of Loch Linnhe on Scotland’s west coast. Data of above and below the water line were used, with additional 3D model features of fishfarms, boats and tidal energy systems for use in a virtual reality environment. Visioning exercises were run on future uses of the land and sea, land and marine designations, and the introduction uses such as forestry, fish farms, and renewable energy, all of relevance to marine spatial planning.

Flood inundation modelling and visualization: application for natural flood management Environments

Natural Flood Management (NFM) is generally defined as the alteration, enhancement, restoration or utilisation of natural landscape features and characteristics as a way of reducing flood risk. A modelling framework to assess the effectiveness of current NFM measures (wetlands, storage ponds and riparian management) and future NFM measures (for example, offline storage areas, tree planting) in Tarland, NE Scotland. Innovative ways of visualization of flood maps were developed using three-dimensional landscape models, used with stakeholders in the James Hutton Institute’s Virtual Landscape Theatre (VLT), video clips and in print. The outcome sought is the dentification of potentially vulnerable areas, using the local knowledge of stakeholders, and effectiveness of NFM measures to reduce flood risk. The information note is on the Knowledge Scotland wwwsite, here.


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