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Land Use Dialogues

An engagement programme exploring the UK’s most pressing land use challenges

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The Geospatial Commission and the Open Innovation Team, in collaboration with Defra, present Land Use Dialogues.

Land Use Dialogues is an engagement programme exploring how data and land use modelling can help tackle some of the UK’s most pressing land use challenges.

Between November 2022 and June 2023, a series of events involving civil servants and external experts will aim to identify the land use implications and challenges of different policy priorities across government and set priorities for data and modelling tools to support better decision-making.

The programme will aim to explore several policy themes, starting with energy security.

About the National Land Data Programme

The Geospatial Commission’s National Land Data Programme will make the case for how the UK can enhance land use data and spatial modelling to enable more joined-up decisions on land use – find out more.

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Work at Newcastle University on effective land use decision making

Work at Newcastle University on effective land use decision making

15 minutes with Dr Alistair Ford, Lecturer in Geospatial Data Analytics and Policy Academy Fellow at Newcastle University. In the first of a series of three guest blogs on the same theme, Alistair shares his thoughts on what makes land use decision making tools...

More than maps: Making sense of land use modelling

More than maps: Making sense of land use modelling

Land use modelling can be used to assess a range of economic, environmental and social factors to help make decisions about the best use of land. However, insights from the National Land Data Programme (NLDP) show that such modelling is not always readily used by...

How land use modelling can help plan future energy infrastructure

How land use modelling can help plan future energy infrastructure

Dr Delafield is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Exeter and University of Southampton. Her work focuses on the development of quantitative methods to optimally locate future energy infrastructure given a range of possible impacts of climate change. In...

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Energy Security

Exploring how data and modelling could help support decision-makers 

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Topic: Energy Security

Having a diverse energy mix is often considered an important indicator of energy security, but different forms of energy production place very different demands on the land. While the current, largely non-renewable energy system only occupies between 0.4-2% of land globally, transitioning to more varied and renewable energy sources is expected to intensify competition for land. 

In this strand of the Land Use Dialogues programme, we’ll be exploring how data and modelling tools could support decision-makers in identifying suitable locations for different forms of energy production, while balancing trade-offs between other potential uses of the land.

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Insights on creating effective land use decision making tools from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

15 minutes with Professor Paula Harrison, Principal Natural Capital Scientist at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. In the second of our three guest blogs on the same theme, Paula shares her insights on creating effective land use decision making tools. I work...

Work at Newcastle University on effective land use decision making

15 minutes with Dr Alistair Ford, Lecturer in Geospatial Data Analytics and Policy Academy Fellow at Newcastle University. In the first of a series of three guest blogs on the same theme, Alistair shares his thoughts on what makes land use decision making tools...

More than maps: Making sense of land use modelling

Land use modelling can be used to assess a range of economic, environmental and social factors to help make decisions about the best use of land.

Putting local insight at the heart of sustainable land use decisions in Devon

The British Geological Survey, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and National Land Data Programme are running a pilot project in Devon to test a land use framework, helping guide local and national decision makers with a clear set of principles and practices.

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