GIS data and noise maps: shall they be INSPIRE compliant?

Invited paper

Alexander Kotsev

Joint Research Centre, EC

Monday 1 june, 2015, 15:40 - 16:00

0.3 Copenhagen (49)

This paper analyzes how recent developments of the European spatial data infrastructure and Shared Environmental Information System can improve the data utilization with respect to the reporting and implementation of the European Union Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC (END). The Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) provides the rigid principles in data management that can be applied in the various stages of the END implementation. Shared, harmonized and easily discoverable environmental spatial data, required by the INSPIRE roadmap, would support the data collection needed for assessment and development of the noise strategic maps. Furthermore, action plans designed to reduce noise and mitigate related effects can be shared to the public through already established nodes of the European spatial data infrastructure. Finally, data flows regarding reporting on the state of environment and END implementation to the EC and EEA can be updated applying the concept of e-reporting. Decentralized reporting concept allows the reported data and information is regularly maintained, frequently updated and pooling information from/for other domains as air quality, transportation, human health, population, marine environment or biodiversity. Within this paper we describe the value added from the adaptation of INSPIRE for the noise community in Europe, and provide a use case in which data from neighboring countries are mapped to the data specifications, defined by INSPIRE, in order to achieve comparability and combine them simultaneously.

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