Geographic Information and Analysis for Decision Support

  • Peter B. Keenan
Part of the International Handbooks Information System book series (INFOSYS)


Many types of decision making have a geographic (spatial) component. Geographic information systems (GIS) facilitate the organization and display of spatial data and provide a variety of distinctive spatial operations with that data. These functions allow decision makers explore the spatial aspects of their decisions. Consequently, GIS can be seen as an increasingly important technology for decision makers.


Spatial Database Environmental System Research Institution Spatial Data Infrastructure Spatial Decision Spatial Decision Support System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter B. Keenan
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  1. 1.University College Dublin Business SchoolUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

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