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Rational landscape decision making: the use of meso-scale climatic analysis to promote sustainable land management

Mitchell, N.M.; Espie, P.; Hankin, R.K.S.. 2004 Rational landscape decision making: the use of meso-scale climatic analysis to promote sustainable land management. Landscape and Urban Planning, 67 (1-4). 131-140. 10.1016/S0169-2046(03)00034-3

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Abstract/Summary

Planning for sustainable land management and the development of land classification systems has become a very complex process with the increasing sophistication of GIS techniques. This has resulted in the emphasis moving to detailed micro-scale description and planning, with a loss of perception of the physical processes and hierarchy of constraints that control local activities. We have developed a meso-scale climate-landscape classification technique which would enable policy makers to develop simplified guidelines for rural activities and to help landholders identify appropriate sustainable land uses. It would also provide a simplified tool for assessment of the effectiveness of a protected areas network. We propose that unless the basic physical possibilities and limitations of the environment are properly understood it is not possible to have sustainable land management, nor stay within the carrying capacity of the local environment.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/S0169-2046(03)00034-3
ISSN: 0169-2046
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: R.K.S. Hankin at SOC/NOC 2004- (JRD)
Additional Keywords: meso-scale spatial analysis, spatial climatology, rural production, sustainable land management
Date made live: 01 Jun 2005 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/115809

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