GIS database to be built to assess the current accessible greenspace in Essex
Professor Andrew Lovett is collaborating with Essex County Council using an innovative approach to GIS data by merging satellite, Ordnance Survey and existing data from the Essex Natural Capital Asset Check to build models showing the value of natural assets in the rural Essex landscape.
Traditionally used to identify natural assets in an urban setting Professor Lovett will generate a GIS database of current accessible greenspace in Essex with a focus on the rural environment.
A number of value indicators will be developed allowing a comparison of Essex metrics of provisions with those from the OS planned national methodology. The results will be used to assess variations in provision, identifying areas that can targeted for initiatives to maximise the value of all open spaces in Essex.