Integrating spatial data sources to develop a representation of green infrastructure for local government
- Author: Lovett, Andrew., Sünnenberg, Gisela., Taigel, Sarah.,
Despite the recognised importance of green infrastructure (GI) there is no authoritative database that can be used by researchers in England to assess such provision on regional or national scales. There are many individually relevant databases on aspects of green infrastructure such as land cover, parks or cycle routes, but even where these are in the public domain they are dispersed across organisations and often have limited geographical coverage. The datasets which do exist often have different origins; those with a planning focus differ from those generated for habitat or ecological purposes adding to difficulties of linking these across wider scales. Not only is green infrastructure challenging to identify but ascertaining whether it is publically accessible is an added complexity and is a key issue in terms of whether prospective benefits are actually realised. However, potential now exists to determine both green infrastructure and access routes by integrating a number of different spatial data sources; this research presents a methodology for developing a green infrastructure database at a county scale and discusses how it could be refined and extended in future work.