Geographic Information System (GIS): Land Use Planning

Authored by: Egide Nizeyimana , Jacob Opadeyi

Managing Human and Social Systems

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138342682
eBook ISBN: 9781003053514
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781003053514-12

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Abstract

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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