Second Edition. — CRC Press, 2013. — 608 p.The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, build, implement, operate and use spatial resource management information systems for the management of the physical resources of a region. Spatial resource management information systems are based on the technologies of remote sensing, geographic information systems and modelling. The integration of these technologies with appropriate field data provides the basis of these systems. Accordingly, this book provides the reader with the skills necessary to use these technologies in a spatial context, and provides the reader with the skills to integrate them into, and then to operate, such information systems. This book is the second edition of a text by the same author, Resource Management Information Systems: Process and Practice. That title reflected the end goals of the material given in the book, but did not reflect the contents of the book, which are the material necessary to reach this end goal. The new title, Resource Management Information Systems: Remote Sensing, GIS and Modelling in Resource Management, better reflects the contents of the book, and hence the end goal. This edition offers extensive revisions of the material offered in most chapters of the book, reflecting the rapidly evolving nature of the technologies that underlay the management tools needed for the management of spatial resources. The authors believe that this edition reflects the current status of these technologies and their evolving role in the management of spatial resources. The management of the physical resources of a region is increasingly becoming a balance between the competing needs to both optimise productivity and to meet community demands for the maintenance of resources. The competition for scarce resources is driving the need for better management information systems designed to provide decision support tools to resource managers. One such tool is spatial resource information systems. This type of decision support system can be used to support the management of a farm or park, through regional management to global resource management. They have the characteristic of providing up-to-date spatially extensive yet consistent information on aspects of the resources of interest to the manager. There are many issues where such spatial decision support systems become crucial including dealing with most forms of environmental degradation and pollution since the source of the damage or pollution is separated in time and space from the effects. There are many situations where productivity gains can also be made from the use of spatial information systems, such as the case where agricultural industries collaborate in the construction of harvesting, processing and packaging factories and where there are advantages to be gained from the careful scheduling of the harvest so as to minimise waiting time and storage costs after harvest and to minimise the deterioration of produce prior to processing and packaging. As there becomes increasing competition for the use of scarce land resources, the potential for conflict increases. Resource managers will face an increasing need to resolve such conflicts and spatial decision support tools are critical in providing resource managers with this type of support.
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