A Generic concept to assist the EIA of SKI Runs using an integrated dataset, GIS and 3D-analysis, applied in sölden (austrian alps)

K. Pfeffer, Alessandro Ghinoi, Theo W.J. Van Asch, Berthold Bauer

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Although people are aware of the environmental impact caused by the construction of ski runs and skiing related facilities, socio-economic developments in alpine areas continue, but with the objective of keeping the negative effects of the development on the environment to the minimum possible. Up to now there is no automated and multi-objective procedure for a fast, but reliable assessment of the environmental suitability of an area for new ski runs. Therefore a generic concept has been developed to facilitate this procedure and to identify potential areas for new ski runs. The objectives of the concept, minimal environmental impact and minimal risk by hazardous processes, are defined by a set of significant criteria representing either susceptible elements or natural processes typical for an alpine environment. The main requirements for the application of the concept are a detailed data set representing site characteristics, models to perform simulations concerning the criteria and appropriate tools such as the GIS Ilwis, PCRaster and SDI to support the individual steps in the concept. Special attention has been paid to make the concept generic, to assign a modular structure and to make it user friendly. Thus non-specialists can apply it to identify potential areas for new ski runs in different alpine areas. Further this study will be a starting point to structure socio-economic planning in alpine areas and to introduce modelling techniques to public and private stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-179
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventXIXth International Congress for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 2000 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Jul 200023 Jul 2000
Conference number: 19


  • Austrian alps
  • Conceptual model
  • EIA
  • GIS
  • Modelling
  • Remote sensing
  • SDI


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