Putting Environmental Law on the Map: A Spatial Approach to Environmental Law using GIS
Because environmental law generally exhibits a physical connection to place, this chapter observes that, on a macro scale, environmental law is concerned iwth how various resources that are obtained from the Earth are utilized. Ecosystems — systems which entail nutrient regeneration and the processing of energy whose elements continuously evolve over time — as defined by ecology, are said to function as the earth's ‘life-support systems’. Although all ecosystems are not without rich diversity, ecosystems can be categorized via the local characteristics that they possess and via the various processes and patterns attributed to such systems. This categorization shows how ecosystems can be considered collectively for management purposes and for making policy decisions. This chapter looks into the how the spatial aspects of such environment laws may be monitored through the geographic information system (GIS).
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