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The Challenge of Applying Geographic Information Systems to Sustainable Mountain Development
Heinimann, Andreas
"In recent years, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have increasingly been used in a wide array of application contexts for development cooperation in lowlands and mountain areas. When used for planning, implementation, and monitoring, GIS is a versatile and highly efficient tool, particularly in mountain areas characterized by great spatial diversity and inaccessibility. However, the establishment and application of GIS in mountain regions generally presents considerable technical challenges. Moreover, it is necessary to address specific institutional and organizational issues regarding implementation." Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 312-319 Order via your university library from: BioOne
Regionalisierungen: die Methode der Bildanalyse
Müller, Urs
Images have an increasing importance in every-day life. In science we talk about a visual turn that has to be accounted for. To be able to analyse the influence of images, we have to explain the term ‹image›. ‹Images in the head› have a direct influence on the appropriation of space, but mental images cannot be analysed directly. Therefore, material – verbal and visual – images have to be analysed first. In this article we concentrate on the analysis of the material images, without going into different ways of image reception or production. The analysis focuses on the topic of appropriation of space, which is visible on or suggested by images from the case studies ‹Entlebuch Biosphere Reservation› and ‹Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn World Heritage Site›. Finally, the analysis of single images will be aggregated to a synopsis of spatial appropriation. Thus, a different kind of ‹areal statistics›, which is not based on real space but on its visual interpretation, will be produced. In: Backhaus N & Müller-Böker U. editors. Gesellschaft und Raum: Konzepte, Kategorien. Human Geography Series, Vol. 22, Zurich: Department of Geography, pp 31-51.