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ADAPTATION OF URBAN USES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS: A CASE STUDY OF LA SAFOR, VALENCIA, SPAIN

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC190171

Volume

238

Pages

12

Page Range

187 - 198

Published

2019

Author(s)

VICENT-JESÚS ALTUR-GRAU, JESÚS-ANTONIO AGUILAR-MALDONADO, MARIA-TERESA SEBASTIÁ-FRASQUET, JOSÉ LUIS MIRALLES I GARCIA

Abstract

In the 1990s a methodology was developed to apply the concept of land aptitude to urban plans. This methodology was based on the concepts of capacity and vulnerability in the face of different urban uses (e.g. residential use, industrial use and strategic facilities). The methodology was implemented thanks to geographical information systems (GIS) mapping of available cartography. In recent years, the available cartography has increased in quantity and in spatial resolution. Also, urban planning and environmental legislation have evolved. In this study, we propose a methodological update to incorporate all these changes. The updated methodology is applied to La Safor (Valencia, Spain), which is a region composed of 31 municipalities. La Safor is a model case study because of its characteristics that makes it representative of both coastal and inner areas. Our results point out the need to incorporate legal constraints to the methodology. Including climate adaptation is also essential for strategic urbanism and to accomplish environmental requirements. The methodology presented can be defined as an integrated assessment tool necessary for sustainable development and minimizing environmental risks.

Keywords

urban planning, GIS, cartography, risk, vulnerability