Most government agencies and private companies are investing significant resources in the production and use of geographical data. The capabilities of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for data analysis are also improving, to the extent that the potential performance of GIS software and the data available for analysis outstrip the abilities of managers and analysts to use and analyze the information. This is especially true for environmental applications. Here the need to keep up-to-date is essential for providing effective and efficient services.
Environmental Modeling with GIS and Remote Sensing derives from a training course run by ITC for professionals and managers in the environmental sciences, detailing the applications of remote sensing and GIS for environmental modeling and assessment. It sets out the current research results and provides operational methods for environmental mapping and monitoring.
Introduction. Taxonomy of Environmental Models in the Spatial Sciences. New Environmental Remote Sensing Systems. Geographic Data for Environmental Modeling and Assessment. The Biosphere: A Global Perspective. Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring, Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems in Wildlife Mapping and Modeling. Biodiversity Mapping and Modeling. Approaches to Spatially Distributed Hydrological Modeling in a GIS Environment. Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems for Natural Disaster Management. Land Use Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment Using Geographic Information Systems.