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Articles | Volume XL-5/W3
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-5/W3, 21–26, 2013
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-5/W3, 21–26, 2013
07 Jan 2014
07 Jan 2014


M. Piragnolo1, F. Pirotti1, A. Vettore1, and G. Salogni2 M. Piragnolo et al.
  • 1CIRGEO, Interdepartmental Research Center on Cartography, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and GIS University of Padua, viale dell'Università, 16 35020 Legnaro, Italy
  • 2Veneto Region, Commission's Coordination Project Unit, via Cesco Baseggio 530170 Mestre (VE), Italy

Keywords: Hazards, Impact analysis, Ecosystem, Environment, Spatial Infrastructures, Temporal, Decision support

Abstract. This paper presents a methodology for risk assessment of anthropic activities on habitats and species. The method has been developed for Veneto Region, in order to simplify and improve the quality of EIA procedure (VINCA). Habitats and species, animals and plants, are protected by European Directive 92/43/EEC and 2009/147/EC but they are subject at hazard due to pollution produced by human activities. Biodiversity risks may conduct to deterioration and disturbance in ecological niches, with consequence of loss of biodiversity. Ecological risk assessment applied on Natura 2000 network, is needed to best practice of management and monitoring of environment and natural resources. Threats, pressure and activities, stress and indicators may be managed by geodatabase and analysed using GIS technology. The method used is the classic risk assessment in ecological context, and it defines the natural hazard as influence, element of risk as interference and vulnerability. Also it defines a new parameter called pressure. It uses risk matrix for the risk analysis on spatial and temporal scale. The methodology is qualitative and applies the precautionary principle in environmental assessment. The final product is a matrix which excludes the risk and could find application in the development of a territorial information system.