Landscape Analysis and Visualisation: Spatial Models for by Christopher Pettit, William Cartwright, Ian Bishop, Kim

By Christopher Pettit, William Cartwright, Ian Bishop, Kim Lowell, David Pullar, David Duncan

Michael Batty Centre for complicated Spatial research, college university London Landscapes, like towns, lower throughout disciplines and professions. This makes it particularly tricky to supply an total experience of ways landscapes might be studied and researched. Ecology, aesthetics, financial system and sociology mix with physiognomy and deep actual constitution to confuse our - derstanding and how we should always react to the issues and potentials of landscapes. Nowhere are those dilemmas and paradoxes so basically highlighted as in Australia ― the place landscapes dominate and their courting to towns is so fragile, but so vital to the sustainability of a whole state, if now not planet. This e-book provides a different assortment and synthesis of lots of those views ― might be it could possibly basically be produced in a land urb- ised within the tiniest of wallet, and but so daunting with admire to the way in which non-populated landscapes dwarf its towns. Many shuttle to Australia to its towns and not see the landscapes ― however it is those that supply the rustic its energy and imagery. it's the landscapes that so provoke on us the necessity to think of how our intervention, via actions starting from source exploitation and settled agriculture to weather swap, poses one of many maximum crises dealing with the trendy international. during this feel, Australia and its panorama supply a reflect by which we will be able to glimpse the level to which our intervention on the planet threatens its very lifestyles.

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We believe all research put forth in this volume provides examples of international ‘best practice’ in their respective fields, and as such presents a useful reference point for the applied researcher and practitioner interested in landscape analysis and visualisation The five parts of this volume deal with: x Part 1: Natural Resource Knowledge Management Frameworks and Tools x Part 2: Integrating the Ecology of Landscapes into Landscape Analysis and Visualisation x Part 3: Socioeconomic Dimensions to Landscapes x Part 4: Land Use Change and Scenario Modelling x Part 5: Landscape Visualisation.

Quinn and Cartwright discuss how computer games can support a range of virtual activities. Chen et al. also base their development on computer game platforms, but link their development directly to a geographic information system, while Kennedy and Bishop extend the scope of their visualisation through agent-based modelling. ) and understanding individual land use decision making (Kennedy and Bishop). The potential of visualisation to support basic research, personal development, local decision making and regional policy making is clearly revealed.

As computational models develop more sophistication, it is important to appreciate the level of complexity required to represent natural processes and at the same time to provide useful information to decision makers. The next chapter, by Lowell, describes fundamental sources of uncertainty in landscape representations — namely natural variability, temporal scale, spatial scale, taxonomic scale and data collection — that affect model development and usage. Lowell gives intuitive insights and stimulates the reader to think about forms of uncertainty associated with models and the confidence users have in model outputs.

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