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Expert Systems and Geographic Information Systems for Impact Assessment

    408 Pages
    by CRC Press

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    Impact Assessment is becoming part and parcel of an increasing number of development proposals in the UK and Europe. As the practice of Impact Assessment develops it becomes more standardized and good practice starts to be defined. However, the quality of Impact Assessment is still far from satisfactory. Expert Systems and GIS for Impact Assessment discusses the potential of integrating these two well known computer technologies to help with the process of Impact Assessment. The proposition behind the work is that all three areas are potentially complementary and that mutual benefits can be gained from bringing them together in the field of planning.

    Following an introduction to each area, the various ways in which GIS and Expert Systems can be applied are discussed. This book is aimed at professionals working with Environmental Impact Assessment, GIS and expert-systems professionals and students in these areas.

    PART ONEChapter 1 1. Introduction2. Expert Systems: what about space?3. Geographical Information Systems: more than display tools?4. GIS problems and potential5. Impact Assessment: ripe for automation?6. The IA process7. Environmental Statements8. Integration: the way ahead?REFERENCESChapter 2 1. Introduction2. Expert Systems and Artificial Intelligence2.1.The classical period2.2.The romantic period2.3.The modern period2. Expert systems: structure


    Agustin Rodreguez-Bachiller is a senior lecturer in quantitative methods in the School of Planning. His research and teaching interests involve information technology, expert systems, applied statistics, GIS / spatial analysis, and planning methods and theory.

    Professor John Glasson is Head of the School of Planning at Oxford Brookes University and is the Research Director of the Impact Assessment Unit. He is also a member of various national professional and academic committees, including the ESRC Global Environmental Change Committee.