MTS R&D Gezondheid&Sport

The challenges for liveable, healthy and food secure cities are immense to future developments due to a worldwide increase in metropolitan population, pressure on natural resources including water, climate change, as well as political and economic instability. With these developments, emerging challenges for food security and green areas are getting more urgent. This study addresses the need to find building blocks for the transition towards food secure and green healthy livelihood metropolitan areas. The main aim is to develop a transition support system for future pathways in metropolitan areas, within and across countries.   

In the next few years, the main aim is to develop a Transition Support System, that integrates existing approaches in order to take into account different types of information. First, the transition support system will be based on Magnet, that combines advanced optimisation models for food consumptions across nations. Second, the outputs of Magnet will be transferred to place based geographic maps to illustrate differences in food consumptions across rural and metropolitan areas (referred to as Metropolitan detector). Third, the system will be complemented with Big Data, as a source to specify exact consumption patterns. Fourth, stakeholder contributions, in terms of judging on context-specific and scenario-oriented conditions, are planned to be incorporated in the transition support system.

This results in an overview, that illustrates differences of food security and green across rural and metropolitan areas all over the world. In 2016, a first concept of the system is described.  This year we will focus on two modules of the system:

a) the quantitative scenario analyses and scaling tools, such as Metropolitan Global Detector and Magnet;

b) the quantitative component scenario analyses combined with stakeholder participation.