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Ensuring food, water, energy and environmental security on a sustained basis calls for integrated management and optimal utilization of available natural resources based on their potential and limitations. The information on the nature, extent, spatial distribution, potential and limitations of natural resources is a pre-requisite in this endeavour. Recognized and advocated as a powerful tool, the role of geospatial technology in deriving information on natural resources, and its integration with other legacy information to arrive at suitable decisions for their integrated management will continue to expand. Geospatial Technology for Integrated Natural Resources Management delineates how to derive information on natural resources and integrate it with terrain for integrated natural resources management and disseminate it to the users.
· Provides an overview of geospatial technology and underlines the advancements therein.
· Projects various elements of natural resources and addresses the degradation process involved therein and how the inputs derived from geospatial technology facilitate the integrated management of these resources to realize the goal of sustainable development.
· Demonstrates the potential of combining various components of geospatial technology in gathering, storing, processing and disseminating ready-to-use information on natural resources to intended users.
· Traces out the developments in geospatial technology with concomitant development in its applications in natural resources management.
· Places adequate emphasis on the importance of developing a reliable geo-database on natural resources and its dissemination to the users using information technology.
· Analyses the technology trend and identifies gap areas requiring further R&D efforts.
Through case studies, the book provides a glimpse of the real-world scenario of the applications of geospatial technology in inventorying, monitoring and modelling the natural resources and the environment.