Remote sensing provides an opportunity to study the ways in which new sources of data enter into decisions related to resource management, the conditions and criteria for acceptance of the new techniques, and the methods by which assessment of their utility is accomplished. This article, based on the ongoing research of an integrated project at the University of California, underscores the social dimensions of technology utilization and assessment, with reliability, specificity, ease of access, and openness among the main desiderata. The point is made that the interface between the technology and the society it is designed to serve is crucial, for upon its nature depend how, whether, when, and by whom the technology will be utilized. How it will be judged is, similarly, seen through the social lens, as the author reviews present reliance on quantitative techniques, such as benefit-cost analyses, and points out their inadequacy. /Author/

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    American Society of Photogrammetry

    105 North Virginia Avenue
    Falls Church, VA  United States  22046
  • Authors:
    • Hoos, I R
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

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  • Accession Number: 00131191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM