Geo-visualisation is science’s new black

  • GIS is no longer just an analytical tool for “techies”. IT advances mean that GIS outputs are increasingly accessible to the public and decision makers.
  • Innovations in Bolivia will map (previously separate) wildlife information in an open access website. The site will help the Bolivian government to understand the potential impacts of agricultural/ built developments on local biodiversity, and engage the public in conservation issues. Similar innovations have been implemented in Israel, Australia and the USA.
  • Additionally, innovative new games have allowed decision makers to understand the impact of their decisions through final 3D visualisations of the landscape. Games can support decisions ranging from whole farm planning to renewable energy planning.

These innovations are increasingly able to synthesise and simplify complex data to help support planning decisions, suggesting that UK government may wish to continue to invest in mapping capabilities. In the future, integrated maps which account for biodiversity, natural hazards, soil quality, and housing/agricultural demand could help to optimise land use.

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About Hayley Shaw

Knowledge Exchange Manager at Cranfield University's Centre for Environmental Risks and Futures (CERF). Sharing the latest news from Cranfield, and insights from across the industry. All things risk, environment, and the future.
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