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Screening of previous projects for relevant data that can be integrated into the Smart Altitude WebGIS and the publication of the results in WIKIAlps (Deliverable D.T1.1.3)


All screened Alpine Space projects are listed below categorised by theme (this list may be updated during the course of the project).

Project Name End date Geodata Algorithms Potentially useful ideas/pilot areas
WebGIS, Wiki Platforms
AlpES 12/2018* yes yes yes, checked by IGF/ÖAW
WIKI Alps 12/2014 no no yes, checked by IGF/ÖAW
ECONNECT 11/2011 yes (yes) yes
Renewable energy potential and use 06/2015 yes yes yes, checked partly IGF/ÖAW
SHARE 07/2012 no no yes
NEWFOR 08/2014 no no yes
Energy storage
AlpEnergy 12/2011 no no yes
AlpStore 12/2014 no no yes
Alp-Water-Scarce 10/2011 no no yes
Energy efficiency buildings, including user behaviour change
THE4BEES 12/2018 no no yes
ClimAlpTour 09/2011 no no yes
CESBA Alps 12/2018 no no yes
PEACE_Alps 12/2018 no no yes
AlpBC 06/2015 no no yes
ENERBUILD 06/2012 no no yes
CABEE 06/2015 no no yes
Energy Efficiency Transport
CO2-NeuTrAlp 01/2012no no yes
PARAmount 11/2012 no no yes
Energy efficiency SME support, politics, promoting
FIDIAS 06/2015 no no yes
IMEAS 06/2019 no no yes
SEAPAlps 05/2015 no no yes
AlpEnMat 12/2014 no no yes
ALPSTAR 06/2014 no no yes
Greta ????

Detailed results per project


Project end date: 12/2018
Project homepage:

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • IGF/ÖAW is project partner and will integrate the gained expertise and platform development in Smart Altitude
  • WebGIS development and functions will be used (
  • WIKIAlps platform will be used (

Project end date: 31/12/2014
Project homepage: and

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • IGF was project partner, WIKIAlps was already further developed in AlpES project, so project results, output (mainly WIKIAlps)and expertise are integrated into Smart Altitude project.
  • The wiki will be further developed in Smart Altitude, it will contextually grow in article count.

Improving Ecological Connectivity in the Alps
Project end date: 30/11/2011

  • Potentially interesting layers (geodata) - Patch Cohesion COH - Landscape Heterogenity and Edge Density Landscape Shape Index - Relevant for migration of species in an area of interest - could be interesting for Smart Altitude considering new buildings, barriers or landscape changes because of energie gain or use - Environmental Protection ENV: International Protected Areas - Similar to IGF own Protected Areas - CSI - Continuum suitability index (also classified)
  • Potentially interesting tool: CSI Example application: red deer friendly environment of an example ski area? Described in the tutorial: “These results can be compared with optimal results for a red deer (in red). As most indicators show, the area is almost optimal for a red deer. However, the indicators that have suboptimal values are Land Use and Infrastructure. This is due to the populated regions and to the numerous skiing infrastructure.”

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Some data could potentially be interesting: forest areas, lakes… BUT available only for the Alpine Convention Area not for (whole) Alpine Space; data cannot easily embedded – not even through ArcGIS Server after tutorial description (Server URL: is not working anymore?)
  • If data are really useful for Smart Altitude, we could request data.
  • Tutorial shows a good example of a WebGIS Tutorial. We already have our own AlpES WebGIS tutorial with a similar structure.
  • If we should calculate renewable energy potential in ski resorts or municipalities and take into account if solutions are wild animal friendly, we could consider the CSI tool for animal friendly environment/paths or link to JECAMI WebGIS

Balancing Alpine energy and nature
Project end: 2015

  • General information/Abstract: “The Alps have great potential for the use of renewable energy. Thereby they can make a valuable contribution to mitigating climate change. This, however, means increasing pressures on nature. What could be the impact of such changes on the habitats of animals and plants? How do they affect land use and soil quality? How much renewable energy can reasonably be used? The project brings together 16 partners to develop strategies and tools for decision-making on such issues. The analysis and comparison of the costs and benefits of renewable energy, ecosystem services, and potential trade-offs is a key component in this process. The project will last from October 2012 to June 2015 and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund in the Alpine Space Programme.” Source:
  • Approach: “technical and economic potentials for the renewable energy sources biomass, hydropower, wind and solar in the Alpine region, while at the same time elaborating rankings of hotspots with respect to ecosystem services, most notably biodiversity and soils”
  • Related WebGIS:
  • Project results to be downloaded:
  • interesting tools: Alpine Area and Pilot region
  • Alpine Area - calculated renewable potential of four technologies: Bioenergy, Windpower, Hydropower and Solar Potential in the Alpine Convention – available in JECAMI WebGIS - Except of Solar Potenzial there are not much result pixels over the whole area - Output raster has a very coarse resolution of approximatively 5*10km - No legend to the output colors available.
  • More information on the tools and models developed by is available in the fact sheets, see
  • Pilot region - Results with higher resolution for two pilot regions (Triglav for example) - Tool available only for forest biomass and hydropower technologies - (good overview of the two tools) - These two tools, are open source on GRASS GIS available - - -
  • List of Input datasets (to be checked, if available at high resolution): - No information found to the resolution needed for the DEM and DTM to receive useful results
  • Tool 1 Forest Biomass - Mandatory data input: - Forest stand map with yield and increment values - Forest management and treatment - Ordinary and forest road network - Water network (possible) - Digital elevation model (possible) Optional: - Soil data (texture, depth, fertility) - Lakes (possible) - Protected Areas (possible) - Fire risk - Costs and marked price of different wood typologies - Level of adopted machanization - Except of the few possible ones, all other datasets are not open source data but must have a high resolution to fit the needs of Smart Altitude. - Data Source of the present project: “Data were provided by local or regional administrators in the pilot areas and, when necessary, integrated with Eurac database.” - Contact person(s): Marco Ciolli, Ph.D., University of Trento
  • Tool 2 Hydropower Mandatory: - Raster file with discharge values along the rivers - Raster file with environmental flow - Digital terrain model - Shapefile with existing intakes, reservoirs and hydro plant (ID, capacity, kind of turbines) - Areas where hydro plants are forbidden Optional: - Lakes, streets, weirs, electricity grid, parks, area of particular interest - Geologic and soil map, cadastre map - Duration curves, maximum distance between intake and restitution, minimum distance between restitution and the following dam, increasing of environmental flow - Their Data source: “Data were provided by local or regional administrators from pilot areas.” - Responsible Partner(s) EURAC
  • Tool 3: Solar PV Mandatory: - Raster file with the elevation (DTM) Optional: - The efficiency value of different technologies - Lakes, streets, electricity grid, parks, area of particular interest, urban areas… - Economics values and costs
  • Tool 4: Wind Mandatory: - Raster file with wind velocity at different altitude - Digital terrain model Optional: - Lakes, streets, electricity grid, parks, area of particular interest - Geologic and soil map, cadastre map

Transfer to Smart Altitude These two tools/algorithms/GRASS scripts sound interesting but there are critical points to discuss:

  • Input data are mostly not available. Not available for the whole Alpine Space. We would have to check, if all Living Labs Ski resorts have all those data (see last input data block) at their disposal in an adequate high resolution. Additionally we could contact for an existing database. This database would be probably very coarse at Alpine Space level (10km pixels are not interesting for ski resort high resolution calculations).
  • In any case, to adapt these tools, collect data, prepare and integrate data in our database/WebGIS, create an adequate interface and complete the other technologies would need a lot of time both for energy experts as well as WebGIS/GIS experts for finding a useful agreement and implementation, it is to decide in project consortium, if main part of IGF-time should be used to calculated renewable potential in the three Living Labs. Is usage/output expected to be useful enough in Smart Altitude?
  • Only forest biomass and hydropower available – not all four or more technologies, incomplete impression of potential, is there enough expertise in our project consortium to calculate all possible other renewable technologies, that would make sense in a ski resort?
  • Hydropower is very difficult to calculate for a big area. Furthermore it can be presumed, that ski resorts know very well if hydropower could be used in their territory or area of influence. Likely the renewable potential in general is well known and can be calculated in detail only by ingenieurs at a very high resolution, in which general GIS tools are not appropriate
  • Renewable potential is either known or has to be calculated by engeneers in detail
  • Forest biomass as renewable potential competes against forest as protection forest for example against avalanches, a very important function in ski resorts; ski resorts probably know very well, if their forest is needed or if significant amount of wood can be transported not to cheap or complicated because of topographic limitations to use it for regional energy production

Sustainable Hydropower in Alpine Rivers Ecosystems
Project end date: 31/07/2012

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Only relevant, if hydropower is planned in or for a ski resort

NEW technologies for a better mountain FORest timber mobilization
Project end date: 31/08/2014

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Useful, if forest management is an issue

Project end date: 31/12/2011

  • AlpEnergy deals with VPS
  • VPS definition (p15) “A Virtual Power System integrates, manages and controls distributed energy generators and storage capacities and links their technical operation to the demand of consumers and the energy market.”
  • Guideline for Regional Decicion Makers and Practitioners: “Sustainable Power Systems for the Alpine Space”. Abstract, Relevance and Key Achievements and Case Studies see:

  • Several ideas implemented in Case Study Areas (see p.4), eg. energy management system for public facilities and intelligent regulation of public lighting

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Case studies could be interesting for contextual ideas of (renewable) energy (storage) solutions and efficient use/control mechanism.

AlpStore: Strategies to use a variety of mobile and stationary storages to allow for extended accessibility and the integration of renewable energies
Project end date: 31/12/2014

Transfer to Smart Altitude

  • Storage concept for renewable energy (Smart Storage and Mobility) could be contextually interesting

Project end date: 31/10/2011
Water management strategies against water scarcity in the Alps

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Maybe useful, if considering installation of storage lakes for snowmaking with future scenarios.

Project “THE4BEES – Transnational Holistic Ecosystem 4 Better Energy Efficiency Through Social Innovation”.
Project end date: 15/12/2018

Transfer to Smart Altitude:


Duration: Start 01/09/2008 – Closure 01/09/2011

  • Overall objective: “The project aims at dealing with the internationally recognized issue of the effects of climate change on alpine tourism, with reference both to winter tourism and sports and to alpine all-season tourism. Alpine tourism needs to be rethinked and both public institutions and private stakeholders have to meet the challenge of a new idea of tourism which goes beyond the traditional vision of winter sports and other typical alpine tourism activities. To analyze adaptation and management strategies for

tourist sector which better fit in the alpine region, considering changes in customer perception and new alpine strategies for tourism industry; To build a web electronic tool for stakeholders being able to make a first assessment of the local impact of C.C. and to provide hints for possible adaptation

Transfer to Smart Altitude

  • Cite contextually things; for example: Impacts of climate change on winter tourism “Cross-country skiing is subject to the risk of little or no snowfall in individual years, which can make the activity impossible in the long run. […] Alpine skiing is the tourist activity most severely affected by climate change. Moreover, technical adaptation measures (such as artificial snow production, etc.) will not be able to fully compensate for the lack of natural snow, unless there is exceptional technical progress in the future”. diefakultt_1/forschungundprojekte/climalptour/ClimAlpTour_Abschlussbericht.pdf (p.22).
  • Check Adaptation strategies for single pilot regions; are there useful ideas for ski resorts related to energy efficiency?

CESBA: Common European Sustainable Built Environment Assessment
3 Alpine Space Programme: CESBA Alps, Greencycle & Med
Duration: December 2015 until December 2018

  • Objectives: “While sustainability assessment tools are already well-established for buildings and small urban areas, such tools do not yet exist for the built environment at the level of terri-tories. CESBA Alps aims to improve the sustainability of the Alpine built environment through the development of the first assessment tool at territorial scale, which will be contextual-ized to regional specificities.Through objective criteria and performance indicators ad-dressing all dimensions of sustainability, the tool will support the sustainability assessment of a territory, the definition of objective performance targets, the decision making in plan-ning processes and the implementation and monitoring of effective low carbon policies.” “9 local CESBA Committees (CLCs) will be developed to implement and test the CESBA STT tool in the pilot regions.”
  • CESBA Alps - Sustainable Territories: “Currently available sustainability assessment tools cover buildings and small urban areas, with no support for the territorial scale, typical in the rural, low density Alpine regions. The “CESBA Alps” project aims to facilitate the development, exchange, and implementation of innovative policies and plans for energy planning at territorial level based on common assessment tools. By developing a transnational assessment framework and an incentive for sustainable and low carbon construction and economy, the project will improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of the Alpine built environment.” “The Regional Development Vorarlberg (Regio-V) is one of ten project partners. Together with the energy region Leiblachtal Regio-V wants to develop instruments for energy planning in the valley, set up structures for a long-term monitoring and develop an incentive for continuous improvement. Thereby the partners want to contribute to achieving energy self-sufficiency in Vorarlberg.”

Transfer to Smart Altitude:


“Pooling Energy ACtion and Enhancing their implementation in the Alps”
Duration 12/2015 – 12/2018

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • promising approach, that is similar to ours. Ask for detailed results/tools/strategies: “Mutual learning approaches and their application are excellent instruments for improving the implementation of local and regional authorities’ climate change and energy policies. They are based on the concept that people who work on similar issues and have similar roles and working backgrounds in their cities and regions can share experiences and learn from each other. These people can be regional, city and community experts, decision makers or localstakeholders”.
  • adapt this to learning process / trainings / extern communication parts?
  • check developed practical instruments

Alpine Building Culture
Project end date: 30/06/2015

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Potentially useful if buildings will be part of the project focus

ENERGY Efficiency and Renewable Energies in the BUILDing Sector Project end date: 30/06/2012

  • construction sector: less co2 energy production (e.g. integration of photovoltaics in buildings, participation model on green power plants for local supply and concepts for heat supply)

Transfer on Smart Altitude:

  • Does construction of buildings play a role in the project?

Capitalising Alpine Building Evaluation Experiences
Project end date: 30/06/2015

  • outputs: CESBA wiki and Alpine-wide guideline of Nearly-Zero-Emission-Buildings (whole building life cycle)

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Interesting potentially for buildings in ski resorts, if construction considered

CO2-Neutral Transport for the Alpine Space
Project end date: 31/01/2012

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Is shuttle/bus transfer of skiers/visitors within project parameters? Interesting for transport technologies based on renewable energies and energy efficiency (electric mobility?)

imProved Accessibility: Reliability and security of Alpine transport infrastructure related to mountainous hazards in a changing climate
Project end date: 30/11/2012

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Potentially contextually interesting, dealing with Alpine transport infrastructure

Innovative Financial Instruments for Sustainable Development in Alpine Space
Project end date: 30/06/2015

  • About: “Given the increasing difficulties of SMEs when seeking suitable financial support, the FIDIAS project aims to reinforce local, regional development plans and entrepreneurship through the implementation and piloting of innovative financial instruments and services supporting eco innovation and/or sustainable development actions”

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Funding possibilities for ski resorts eco-innovations? See
  • “Who are the beneficiaries? Small and medium enterprises, financial and business intermediaries, local and regional operators. They will be up-to date on intangible assets evaluation methods and funding opportunities targeted on eco-innovation, energy efficiency and renewable energies.” Check financial support for green-technology/green-business model

Integrated and Multi-level Energy models for the Alpine Space
Project end date: 30/06/2019

  • Project summary: “Integrated low carbon policies and sustainable energy plans in the Alpine Space region are affected by common challenges. The future energy system, relying on renewable energies, will challenge all governance levels. Therefore, cooperation actions between all governance layers from villages to countries can help to make the Alpine Space a successful partner in the EU “new energy deal” for energy efficiency and renewable energy. The IMEAS multi-disciplinary team of technical, sociological, territorial partners, will develop a consistent methodology and practical guidance for the creation and integration of roadmaps based on multi-level approaches to climate change mitigation, energy innovation potentials, economic structures and control of energy plans. Experiences from some areas will help fill gaps in others through a cooperative and transnational approach capitalising the heterogeneity of the Alpine Space, their different cultures, planning principles and practice with software tools. To enhance the ability of public administrations and other entities to plan sustainable energy policies and select the right measures/instruments to implement them on a multi-level governance perspective, IMEAS will propose a new integrated approach to participatory roadmap development.”
  • IMEAS addresses common challenges on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the AS:
  1. enhance knowledge on territorial energy systems;
  2. boost policymaking, planning and decision-making;
  3. improve capacity to select and use the right tools to develop/implement integrated energy plans/measures;
  4. support Multi Level Governance;
  5. develop a low carbon/low emission economy making use of local resources.

Transfer to Smart Altitude

  • Ideas sounds good and related (synergies/cooperation, co2 reduction,etc.), so watch this project for results that might be useful for Smart Altitude

Supporting local authorities in the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans in the Alpine Space Area
Project end date: 31/05/2015

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • sustainable energy action plans and implementation examples might be useful.

Project end date: 31/12/2014

  • About: “During the Alpine Space Programme 2007-2013, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, various projects have been dealing with low–carbon economy, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility. Dozens of enterprises have been involved in these projects and could prove their ability to develop and deploy innovative solutions in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies as well as sustainable mobility”.
  • What they do: “AlpEnMAT fosters innovative technology and provides innovation at the level of cooperation among different sectors and actors for allowing a wider application of innovative energy and mobility technology, thus triggering related positive effects on more balanced territorial and sustainable development, improving the access to energy and information services, creating new labour and growth opportunities, and enhancing the quality of life and competitiveness of the Alpine Space.” Project website:

* Objectives:

  1. HELP them better promote the products and services they have brought to the projects in period 2007-2013;
  2. SHOW that specific virtues and capabilities of providers, the rich and diversified economic structure and the attractiveness of the Alpine Space itself can be exploited to create a unique promotion scheme for energy and mobility solutions;
  3. CREATE a spirit of togetherness with providers and suppliers of renewable energy and sustainable mobility technologies in the Alpine Space countries;
  4. PROVE that the innovative and portable concept of the AlpEnMAT conferences complements existing promotion schemes and helps less developed territories gain visibility;
  5. STIMULATE and strengthen innovation as well as joint promotion of innovative products.”

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Is promoting products and services (e.g. a promotion scheme for energy and mobility solutions) part of the Smart Altitude project? Then consider this concept for events and networking activities for promoting of Alpine Space products via Jam Bite, if available (platform closed?)

Alpstar. Toward Carbon Neutral Alps – Make best Practice Minimum Standards
Closing date: 30/06/2014
Project website in slovenish:
Project consortium see

  1. Energy saving: from fossils to local renewable energy
  2. GhG emissions reduction: refurbishment of public buildings
  3. Renewable energy development: long distance district heating systems
  • Outputs
  1. Guideline Toward carbon neutral Alps ALPSTAR
  2. Habitat du Queyras et énergie
  3. Best-practice platform ALPSTAR

Transfer to Smart Altitude:

  • Individual energy-proposals/solutions of pilot regions could serve as ideas for ski resorts as well (they calculated the local renewable potential for all pilot regions)
  • Deals also with energy measurement and user behaviour

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