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Studies in Computational Intelligence

Geocomputation, Sustainability and Environmental Planning

Editors: Murgante, Beniamino, Borruso, Giuseppe, Lapucci, Alessandra (Eds.)

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The experience developed by Ian McHarg represents the first attempt to base environmental planning on more objective methods. In particular, he supposed that the real world can be considered as a layer cake and each layer represents a sectoral analysis. This metaphor represents the fundamental of overlay mapping. At the beginning, these principles have been applied only by hand, just considering the degree of darkness, produced by layer transparency, as a negative impact. In the following years, this craftmade approach, has been adopted for data organization in Geographical Information Systems producing analyses with a high level of quality and rigour. Nowadays, great part of studies in environmental planning field have been developed using GIS. The next step relative to the simple use of geographic information in supporting environmental planning is the adoption of spatial simulation models, which can predict the evolution of phenomena. As the use of spatial information has definitely improved the quality of data sets on which basing decision-making process, the use of Geostatistics, spatial simulation and, more generally, geocomputation methods allows the possibility of basing the decision-making process on predicted future scenarios. It is very strange that a discipline such as planning which programs the territory for the future years in great part of cases is not based on simulation models. Sectoral analyses, often based on surveys, are not enough to highlight dynamics of an area. Better knowing urban and environmental changes occurred in the past, it is possible to provide better simulations to predict possible tendencies.

The aim of this book is to provide an overview of the main methods and techniques adopted in the field of environmental geocomputation in order to produce a more sustainable development.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Sustainable Development: Concepts and Methods for Its Application in Urban and Environmental Planning

    Pages 1-15

    Murgante, Beniamino (et al.)

  • Urban Land-Use Projections Supporting Adaptation Strategies to Climate Changes in the Coastal Zone

    Pages 17-34

    Hansen, Henning Sten

  • A Multiple Criteria Heuristic Solution Method for Locating Near to Optimal Contiguous and Compact Sites in Raster Maps

    Pages 35-56

    Vanegas, Pablo (et al.)

  • Renewable Energy Sources: The Case of Wind Farms Analysis

    Pages 57-72

    Lombardo, Silvana (et al.)

  • Identifying Viewshed: New Approaches to Visual Impact Assessment

    Pages 73-89

    Danese, Maria (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Geocomputation, Sustainability and Environmental Planning
Editors
  • Beniamino Murgante
  • Giuseppe Borruso
  • Alessandra Lapucci
Series Title
Studies in Computational Intelligence
Series Volume
348
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-19733-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-19733-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-19732-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26749-9
Series ISSN
1860-949X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 274
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