GrVis – Communicating and deliberating services of riverine zones effectively

Project description

GR-VIS is a web-based platform ( for spatially explicit visualization of standardized alternatives of riverine zones according to the specifications of the water protection act. Additionally, it offers criteria and basic data for different topics that planners need to take into account in a structured and clear form. Furthermore, users can upload own alternatives of riverine zones and assess them in the context of the other criteria. This visualization platform shall support the inclusion of the relevant information for defining riverine zones and weighing different interests against each other.

Research themes

Participatory planning

Integrated landscape management

Ecosystem management

Project details

  • Start date:
    October 1, 2012
  • End date:
    December 31, 2020
  • Location:
  • Funded by:
    Canton Zurich, Amt für Abfall, Wasser, Energie und Luft
  • Objectives:
    A web-platform to assist and guide planning authorities in defining the riverine zones and to support communication and negotiation of alternative riverine zones with the public.

Project contact

Ulrike Wissen Hayek

ETH Zurich, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS)

Team members

  • Ulrike Wissen Hayek
  • Orencio Robaina
  • Ralph Sonderegger
  • Michaela Teich
  • Adrienne Grêt-Regamey

Participating partners

Related publications

Participatory Mapping Institute
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