The Tools4MSP Geoplatform (former ADRIPLAN Portal) is a community-based, open source portal based on GeoNode, a web-based Content Management System (CMS) for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying spatial data infrastructure (SDI). It includes over 600 geospatial datasets, organised in the following categories: coastal defence and sand extraction, energy, environmental protection, environment and ecosystem, fisheries and aquaculture, maritime transport and tourism, miscellanea. The Geoplatform capitalizes data from other projects (e.g. Shape, CocoNet) and enables access to standard services from other geoportals (e.g. EMODnet, EU Sea Atlas). Moreover the Geoplatform provides a set of MSP-oriented web-tools such as Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA), Marine Use Conflict Analysis and a Marine Ecosystem Services Threat (MES-Threat) Analysis. The Tools4MSP Geoplatform is regularly updated by the Tools4MSP Development Team, the original version was developed in the context of the ADRIPLAN Project and has been consolidated within the Italian RITMARE Flagship Project and by ongoing projects such as SUPREME. Core functionalities of CEA/MUC have been supported by an MSP pilot study in sea areas of Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy), and incorporated as case studies analyses within the SUPREME (Supporting maritime spatial Planning in the Eastern Mediterranean) and SIMWESTMED (Supporting Maritime Spatial Planning in the Western Mediterranean region) projects. Currently the web-tools are providing core functionalities within PORTODIMARE (geoPortal of Tools & Data for sustainable Management of coAstal and maRine Environment; 2018-2020) Project.
Features & Tools
Layer categories & maps.
Tools4MSP are based on a geopython library designed for spatial analysis of interactions between different sea uses, pressures and potential cumulative impact of marine and coastal activities on the marine environment. The tool can be deployed to any research area around the globe and is extendable for scenario analysis, sea use based analysis (e.g. maritime traffic, energy, aquaculture, etc.), socio-economic assessments and application in participatory planning processes. The recently implemented GeoNode-Tools4MSP plugin allows users to generate their impact scenarios by selecting analysis area, data layers involved (human activities and environmental components) and grid cell analysis.
Currently Tools4MSP consists of two tools, which are now available as case studies:
1. Case study: The Cumulative Impact (CI) assessment.
In the last decade cumulative impact (CI) analysis has become an essential tool for the geospatial identification of highly impacted environmental components by marine anthropogenic uses. Since the application of Halpern’s cumulative impact analysis on global scale in 2008, several studies around the world have been investigating CI patterns, such as in the Mediterranean Sea (Micheli et al., 2013), Baltic Sea (Korpinen et al., 2012) or North Sea (Andersen et al., 2013). CI assessment tool can be used for the geospatial analysis of CI from maritime and coastal activities on the marine environment. The tool can be used for the following tasks: Cumulative impact maps, sea use overlay analysis maps, visualization of statistical results. More information...
2. Case study: COEXIST Sea Use Conflict Analysis
The tool is based on a methodology developed for the FP7 COEXIST Project and can be used for the following tasks: overlay analysis of sea uses, calculation of direct spatial conflict scores, development of current and future sea use scenarios and visualization of statistical results. More information...