Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, and environmental modelling are increasingly being used to address land use and land use management issues although much of the development in these applications is based in specific case studies that are not readily accessible to a wide audience. Spatial Information for Land Use Management is designed as a reference that provides a description and discussion of the issues involved in the use of spatial information for land use management. The chapters include detailed examples of the use of spatial information in land use management. The book begins with the technological methods, examines applications in a variety of environments, and describes the ways in which issues of scale, uncertainty, linkage of models and GIS, and problem solution have been addressed.
Section 1 Issues and methods in the application of spatial information: the patterns and characteristics of global land cover; land surface characterization using lider remote sensing; spatial analysis - methods and problems in land use management; uncertainty and interpretation of spatial information - the case of precision agriculture; integrating simulation models and spatial information for environmental problem solving. Section 2 Applications for spatial information in agriculture and resource management: commercializing remote sensing for crop monitoring; multi-spectral remote sensing over semi-arid landscapes for resource management; applications for spatial data in grassland monitoring and management; an intelligent system for monitoring forests. Section 3 Analysis and management of land use: mapping biodiversity for conservation and land use decisions; contribution of spatial information and models to management of rare and declining species; predicting land use change in and around a rural community; modelling land use change with linked cellular automata and socio-economic models - a tool for exploiting the impact of climate change on the Island of St Lucia. Conclusion: A framework for use of spatial information in analysis and modelling for land use management and planning.