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Type: Journal article
Title: Overview: Spatial information and indicators for sustainable management of natural resources
Author: Ostendorf, B.
Citation: Ecological Indicators, 2011; 11(1):97-102
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1470-160X
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Bertram Ostendorf
Abstract: Natural resource management (NRM) is becoming increasingly important at all scales, local, regional, national and global, because of an increasing human population and increasing per capita use of resources and space. Conflicts are intensifying between different interest groups. Production and conservation aspects are particularly debated because conservation of ten conflicts with economic and social sustainability. There is public demand for objective decision based NRM but limitations are all pervasive due to the spatial and temporal complexity and interdisciplinary nature. This special issue explores the use of spatial data and models to overcome some limitations of NRM decision making. The papers in this issue show modern approaches of natural resources management with a particular focus on spatial data collection, analysis and the development of spatial indicators. This issue presentsab a lanced mix of review and research papers that give examples of how to find or improve the spatial information base for evidence-based decision making. This overview makes the argument that understanding complex spatial pattern and processes, and the development of spatial indicators, is an essential aspect of evidence-based NRM. If spatial and temporal patterns are complex, ecological evidence from field data or experiments may have limited value for NRM and observational study designs become more appropriate for understanding complex spatial pattern and processes. Data quality should be documented as a combination of accuracy and spatio-temporal representativeness in order to be useful in the NRM decision process. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Space-time
decision support
remote sensing
Rights: © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2010.10.003
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