Regional Modeling Case Study: Spartacus- Europe

Author(s)
Federal Highway Administration
Date
2011
Abstract
SPARTACUS (System for Planning and Research in Towns and Cities for Urban Sustainability) is a European project undertaken to analyze the implications of urban land use and transportation policies. The SPARTACUS research project included model development and policy testing in three European cities: Helsinki, Naples, and Bilbao. The project has successfully demonstrated a number of analytical approaches that can be used to model metropolitan-level policies not only in Europe, but in the United States as well. The SPARTACUS system is based on an integrated transportation-land use model, MEPLAN. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Raster module is used to process many of the outputs of MEPLAN and to calculate and display micro-scale indicators. Additional analysis tools are used to process other model outputs, calculate impacts, and aggregate the results into economic, environmental, and social indices.
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