Title page for ETD etd-01262010-020029
|Type of Document
||Geographic Information Systems (GSI) for natural resources planning and management at local government level
||Master of Urban and Regional Planning
||Urban and Regional Planning
|Hackett, James E.
|Shepherd, William E.
|Date of Defense
Automated geographic information systems were once regarded as a technology that had little to
do with most local, especially small, rural communities because of their financial and technological
requirements. During the last decade, however, this situation has changed substantially and today
both the experts in the GIS applications field and local communities officials have felt that the time
for small jurisdictions to take the advantage of computerization in handling spatial data has come,
despite many technical and organizational problems that are yet to be solved. This paper will discuss
some of the more important financial, technical, and organizational issues in applying GIS to
natural resources planning and management in local governments. Some potential benefits, problems
and especially, applications of GIS are explored in this study. Fundamental GIS concepts,
structure variations, and development processes are also generally presented in the local government
context. Some principles and basics of GIS are examined and demonstrated using Tomlin's Map
Analysis Package (MAP). Finally, case studies on the background, development techniques, and
costs and benefits of several local government GIS projects in the State of Virginia are conducted
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