Development sprint 16: AERIUS Monitor and Register

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

During the development sprint of January, the AERIUS team layed the foundation for the Register and Monitor products. Register will be used by competent authorities to keep a register of the issued room for development. AERIUS Monitor is the product that will be used to monitor the implementation and effectivity of the Integrated Approach to Nitrogen (PAS). This makes Monitor the logical successor of AERIUS 1.6, which was used in support of the development of the PAS.

The Monitor results are presented, per area, in so-called ‘area summaries’. They describe, for example, the planned and implemented restoration measures, development of the nitrogen deposition and remaining room for deposition. During the previous sprint, the AERIUS development team started producing the area summaries for the situation at the time of implementation of the PAS – the starting point. The PAS core group were enthusiastic about the concepts and decided to incorporate the area summaries in the PAS programme. The provinces have indicated to be interested in receiving the documents in support of their communications on Natura 2000 and the PAS.

Nitrogen deposition (mol/ha) development is one of the most important charts included in the area summaries.

Starting points determined for AERIUS Register
Over the past weeks, the technical foundation was also laid for Register. In addition, AERIUS staff members participated in two policy sessions about the rules that apply to the issuing of room for development. This involves, for example, the agreed spatial scale at which the room for development is issued and its distribution over time. These starting points have since been agreed on and the development of Register can be continued.

In sprint 16, the development team carried out an important adjustment to the innards of AERIUS with respect to the structure of the AERIUS database. The adjustment involved a considerable reduction in the number of dependencies in the database, by revising the categorisation and labelling of the Natura 2000 areas. This has enabled a further increase in the efficiency and flexibility of the database.