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Abstract

The decision making processes of those involved in rural planning require historical contemporaneous and predictive information on the state of the natural environment. The technologies outlined in this chapter provide these three perspectives. One of the most demanding challenges facing the rural planner is the need to access, collate, assess, process, visualize and understand a range of information. The ever increasing use of digital technology in rural planning, the demand for the storage, analysis and display of complex environmental datasets has led to increasing reliance on computers. However, it is often very difficult to use a single processing strategy or software tool to extract the necessary information. Consequently, for certain applications, a range of computer-based tools are needed to answer specific questions. Such decision support systems aim to provide a planner with sufficient knowledge to effectively manage and use all available resources.

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Authors: JONES A, JRC Ispra (IT);BELWARD A, JRC Ispra (IT);VAN LIEDEKERKE M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Rural Planning from an Environmental Systems Perspective, Springer Verlag Inc Publishers (1997)
Record Number: 199710644 / Last updated on: 1997-06-09
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en