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Urban Ecosystem Services (UES) Assessment within a 3D Virtual Environment: A Methodological Approach for the Larger Urban Zones (LUZ) of Naples, Italy

Department of Architecture (DiARC), University of Naples Federico II, 80138 Napoli, Italy
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(18), 6205; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10186205
Received: 18 June 2020 / Revised: 28 August 2020 / Accepted: 4 September 2020 / Published: 7 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Big Data in Geocomputation for the Built Environment)
The complexity of the urban spatial configuration, which affects human wellbeing and landscape functioning, necessitates data acquisition and three-dimensional (3D) visualisation to support effective decision-making processes. One of the main challenges in sustainability research is to conceive spatial models adapting to changes in scale and recalibrate the related indicators, depending on scale and data availability. From this perspective, the inclusion of the third dimension in the Urban Ecosystem Services (UES) identification and assessment can enhance the detail in which urban structure–function relationships can be studied. Moreover, improving the modelling and visualisation of 3D UES indicators can aid decision-makers in localising, analysing, assessing, and managing urban development strategies. The main goal of the proposed framework is concerned with evaluating, planning, and monitoring UES within a 3D virtual environment, in order to improve the visualisation of spatial relationships among services and to support site-specific planning choices. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; Urban Ecosystem Services (UES); Larger Urban Zones (LUZ); Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR); Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA); Spatial Decision-Making Support Systems (SDMSS) sustainability; Urban Ecosystem Services (UES); Larger Urban Zones (LUZ); Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR); Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA); Spatial Decision-Making Support Systems (SDMSS)
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Cerreta, M.; Mele, R.; Poli, G. Urban Ecosystem Services (UES) Assessment within a 3D Virtual Environment: A Methodological Approach for the Larger Urban Zones (LUZ) of Naples, Italy. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 6205. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10186205

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Cerreta M, Mele R, Poli G. Urban Ecosystem Services (UES) Assessment within a 3D Virtual Environment: A Methodological Approach for the Larger Urban Zones (LUZ) of Naples, Italy. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(18):6205. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10186205

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Cerreta, Maria, Roberta Mele, and Giuliano Poli. 2020. "Urban Ecosystem Services (UES) Assessment within a 3D Virtual Environment: A Methodological Approach for the Larger Urban Zones (LUZ) of Naples, Italy" Applied Sciences 10, no. 18: 6205. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10186205

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