The 1980s saw increasing awareness of the impacts of transport on the environment. The European State of the Environment report and the Fifth Environmental Action Programme set the agenda for the 90s and identified road traffic as a key environmental issue. ISIS was conceived out of the perception that policy makers were not fully aware of the significant and diverse environmental implications of traffic and land use planning. Little guidance of a comprehensive nature is available for identifying, assessing and integrating environmental information into the local planning framework.
The aim of the project is to demonstrate the use of an integrated assessment system for the evaluation of transport planning against sustainability criteria in the European Union and to provide and disseminate a set of practical working guides and tools to assist such environmental assessment for policy makers, decision-makers and administrators at local authority level, on dealing with, managing and planning for road traffic. The ISIS project is a transnational, collaborative project consisting of:
- demonstration computer software to show how databases, models and Geographical Information Systems can be combined in one common framework;
- guides for policy makers, decision makers and local administrators dealing with road traffic (dealing with air and noise, health and social impacts, energy);
- case studies implementing GIS in Madeira, Copenhagen and Kirklees.