Geographic Information System (GIS): Land Use Planning

Authored by: Egide Nizeyimana , Jacob Opadeyi

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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Agricultural scientists are required to provide information needed to address land degradation and land use conflicts confronting the world today. Geographic information system (GIS) and related technologies have proven to be a valuable tool in land use planning activities. The GIS approach is important because it provides functions to capture, store, organize, and analyze spatially referenced data. Decision makers and land use planners are using GIS to develop spatial environmental databases, perform land evaluations, and analyze and manage resources. There is no doubt that the use of GIS and GIS-based systems in land use planning activities will continue to increase in the future, as more detailed digital environmental datasets become available and the capability of computers to handle large volumes of data increases.

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