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RMRS-GTR-80: GIS applications to wilderness management: potential uses and limitations


Landres, Peter; Spildie, David R.; Queen, LLoyd P. 2001. GIS applications to wilderness management: potential uses and limitations. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-80. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 9 p.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are increasingly being used in all areas of natural resource management. This paper first presents a brief primer on GIS, and then discusses potential applications of GIS to wilderness management in the areas of inventorying, monitoring, analysis, planning, and communication. Outlined are the limitations and pitfalls that could compromise the effectiveness of a wilderness GIS, and several suggestions are included for improving the chances of successfully using GIS in wilderness management.

Keywords: Geographic Information Systems, GIS, remote sensing, wilderness, wilderness management, spatial data, geospatial data, monitoring


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Title: RMRS-GTR-80: GIS applications to wilderness management: potential uses and limitations
Electronic Publish Date: July 29, 2002
Last Update:
October 26, 2011

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