MEUSIS in Italy (SIAS Project)

Description of the SIAS (Sviluppo di Indicatori Ambientali sul Suolo in Italia - Development of Soil Indicators in Italy) Project

The European Commission, Joint Research Centre has initiated a close collaboration with APAT (L'Agenzia per la protezione dell'ambiente e per i servizi tecnici) in ITALY in order to develop the Italian Soil Database according to INSPIRE principles following the Pixel methodology and using the data from the italian Regions.

Information and more details about the project may be found in the presentation: Il progetto SIAS: Sviluppo di indicatori Ambientali sul suolo in Italia: Fiorenzo Fumanti (APAT). During the meeting which organised in Ispra (21-23 November) a series of presentations have taken place regarding the APAT project

Data: Reference Grids

1km x 1km Italian Regional Reference Grids: The idea of using grids as a tool for the exchange of soil data and for the creation of a large map out of many small ones is also applied in the SIAS (Sviluppo di Indicatori Ambientali sul Suolo in Italia - Development of Soil Indicators in Italy) project. This project aims at collecting soil data from soil data providers at regional level in Italy in order to assemble Italian maps. Therefore, for each Italian region a 1km x 1km grid has been prepared. The cells in a grid are allocated to the region. Each region should provide only data for its cells.

 

1KM X 1KM REFERENCE GRID OF REGION AREA (KM2) BORDERS OF REGION
Abruzzi
10794
Abruzzi
Alto Adige
7403
Alto Adige
Apulia
19348
Apulia
Basilicata
9992
Basilicata
Calabria
15080
Calabria
Campania
13595
Campania
Emilia-Romagna
22123
Emilia-Romagna
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
7845
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Lazio
17203
Lazio
Liguria
5418
Liguria
Lombardy
23859
Lombardy
Marche
9693
Marche
Molise
4438
Molise
Piedmont
25399
Piedmont
Sardinia
24090
Sardinia
Sicily
25707
Sicily
Trentino
6209
Trentino
Tuscany
22992
Tuscany
Umbria
8456
Umbria
Valle d'Aosta
3262
Valle d'Aosta
Veneto
18364
Veneto

Project Partners

  • APAT: The Project coordinator and financing body. It is the main partner who defines the methodologies. Responsible to make available expert staff for the implementation of the Plan.
  • ARPAV: Responsible of the technical coordination of the activities, definition of the methodology and develoment of the network between the regions participants.
  • JRC, Land Management and Natural Hazards Unit : Technical support and implementation of the methodology to upscale the data in European level
  • Italian Regions: Contribute to the definition of the methodology and the elaboration of the data. Find below the list of Contributing Authorities:
Region (English) Responsible Organisation
Abruzzi ARSSA
Apulia Regione
Basilicata Regione
Calabria ARSSA
Campania Regione
Emilia-Romagna Regione
Friuli-Venezia Giulia X (no contribution)
Lazio X (no contribution)
Liguria X (no contribution)
Lombardy ERSAF
Marche ASSAM
Molise ERSAF
Piedmont IPLA
Sardinia Universita SS
Sicily Regione
Trentino Provinvia
Tuscany Regione
Umbria Regione
Valle d'Aosta X (no contribution)
Veneto ARPAV
Other Paricipants Organisation Body
CRA - Agricultural Research Council - Italy Experimental Institute for soil study and conservation –Florence

Working Programme

The Working Plan (Programma di Lavoro) has been elaborated from APAT. Find below the most important Phases:

  • 1. Methodological proposal, elaborated from ARPAV, in collaboration with the other regions participants, APAT and JRC;
  • 2. Application experiences them in some areas of the regions participants and first adaptation of the methodology
  • 3. Final adaptation of the methodology, on the base of the observations and the contributions reached from the regional experts.
  • 4. Regional elaborations with the support of the coordination;
  • 5. Assemblage and completion edited by ARPAV and APAT;
  • 6. Delivery.

Latest News

  • January 2008: Project Partners test the Exchange Format, Deadline for comments is 31/1/2008.
  • December 2007: APAT has sent to all Project Partners the "Exchange Format" version 8.0 (Definitive one) and the Database Schema (Access Format)
  • December 2007: APAT, ARPAV, PER have distributed to the Project Partners the Document "Methods for the Estimation of Soil Erosion"

Contact points

Project Responsible: Fiorenzo Fumanti (APAT) and Panos Panagos (JRC) for more details regarding the project.
An E-mailing list has been established for the communication of the project. If you want to be part of this mailing list, please send an E-mail to the Technical Co-ordiantor: Panos Panagos

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