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Mountain Environments and Geographic Information Systems

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Drawing together experiences from five continents, this title evaluates and discusses the use of GIS for research and management in mountain environments. Contributions come from both research scientists and private consultants.; The book includes papers covering: GIS in the mountains of the Commonwealth of Independant States; land hazard analysis; research and mangement in national parks and adjacent areas USA, Canada, Australia; impacts of climate change on mountain vegetation; linkage of knowledge-based ...
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Overview

Drawing together experiences from five continents, this title evaluates and discusses the use of GIS for research and management in mountain environments. Contributions come from both research scientists and private consultants.; The book includes papers covering: GIS in the mountains of the Commonwealth of Independant States; land hazard analysis; research and mangement in national parks and adjacent areas USA, Canada, Australia; impacts of climate change on mountain vegetation; linkage of knowledge-based systems to GIS; terrain modelling DTMs.; These papers are grouped together into sections: regional resource inventory and planning; natural hazard assessment; conservation and protected area management; simulation and prediction: vegetation and climate change.
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Ten papers from a November 1992 conference in Sec, Czechoslovakia, and five more to round out the coverage, explore some of the problems peculiar to using geographical information systems for three-dimensional mountain environments, which are becoming increasingly important for the use and conservation of natural resources and as harbingers of environmental change. They discuss regional resource inventory and planning, the evaluation of natural hazards, research and resource management in and around protected areas, and the simulation and prediction of vegetation and climate change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748400881
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1994
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Mountain regions and geographic information systems: an overview 1
2 Terrain modelling for mountains 25
3 GIS and ecosystem models as tools for watershed management and ecological balancing in high mountain areas: the example of ecosystem research in the Berchtesgaden area, Germany 43
4 Land use classification and regional planning in Val Malenco (Italian Alps): a study on the integration of remotely-sensed data and digital terrain models for thematic mapping 59
5 Towards resolving the problems of regional development in the mountains of the Commonwealth of Independent States using geographic information systems 77
6 Geographic information systems as a tool for regional planning in mountain regions: case studies from Canada, Brazil, Japan, and the USA 99
7 Use of GIS for analysis of scenery in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland 119
8 GIS in landslide hazard zonation: a review, with examples from the Colombian Andes 135
9 Simulation of fire growth in mountain environments 167
10 Form and pattern in the alpine environment: an integrated approach to spatial analysis and modelling in Glacier National Park, USA 189
11 The application of GIS by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of New South Wales, Australia to conservation in mountain environments 217
12 A GIS analysis of forestry/caribou conflicts in the transboundary region of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, Canada 235
13 GIS modelling and model validation of deforestation risks in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal 249
14 Potential impacts of a changing climate on the vegetation cover of Switzerland: a simulation using GIS technology 263
15 GIS analysis of the potential impacts of climate change on mountain ecosystems and protected areas 281
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