GIS and watermanagement: Where are we heading to?
Both the world of Geo-ICT and Water management are at this moment subject to radical changes. The application of data-acquisition technologies like Remote Sensing, Laser altimetry and GPS-based fieldequipment rapidly grows. The availability of low-key GIS desktop- and pentipsoftware allows users to map Geo-data by themselves. OPEN GIS compliant software, launched in April 1999, will stimulate users to exchange Geo-data. Revision of common water management techniques, introduction of integral watermanagement and combination of watermanagement with spatial planning are coinciding with the current boost in Geo-technology. Finding the correct application of technology to serve both politicians and watermanagement professionals will be the issue in the coming years. Remote sensing will without any doubt prove to be a good and cost effective datacollection tool. Simulation and visualisation tools can present understandable maps providing quick pattern recognition, supporting planning and decisionmaking. Using all these fantastic possibilities of technology may become a pitfall. The bulk of data, analysis and simulation seems to contradict the reduction of complexity which must be strived for. Focusing of the topics, monitoring the attention for predictability, justification of planning and decisionmaking is recommended.
KeywordsRemote Sensing Spatial Planning Integral Planning Laser Altimetry Rapid Application Development
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