2010-2011, Wuhan, China

The aim of the project “Wuhan Urban Accessibility Planning Support Systems” (Wuhan UAPSS) is to demonstrate a methodology to support Chinese municipalities in developing sound land use and transportation planning strategies based upon land use change scenarios coupled with GIS-based accessibility indicators.

The pilot project consisted of three main components: 1) Developing an explicitly dynamic land use model application for Wuhan to explore the effects of alternative policy options for land use change; 2) Developing different types of accessibility indicators in a GIS environment to explore the effects of changing land use and alternative (transport) policy options on accessibility to jobs; 3) Demonstrating the use of GIS and RS techniques for modelling, analysing and assessing urban development.

RIKS’ contribution to this project is: 1) Setting up a Metronamica application for Wuhan and calibrate it for the period 1994 to 2004 based on historic data and expert judgement; 2) Developing and analyzing seven policy-relevant scenarios, including one trend scenario six alternatives to assess the impact of different policies on urban development. In addition, the land use model was used as a tool during a workshop for scenario development to help participants in improving their understanding of processes, facilitate communication, stimulate discussion and explore potential conflicts on different policies. The outputs of these seven land use scenarios were used as input for the accessibility analysis and transport scenarios. The results from these scenarios showcase the mutual feedback between planning, land developments and accessibility, and demonstrate the utility of the approach and methods.

The consortium for this World Bank funded project was led by ITC in the Netherlands. Other partners were WUPIC, WTPI and WU-SUD in China.