GIS AND THE SCIENTIFIC INPUTS TO URBAN PLANNING

The discussion in this paper prescribes a theoretically defined role for GIS (Geographical Information Systems) in planning by reviewing the nature of planning and the scientific support it demands. The usefulness of GIS as a tool for building planning support systems, it is argued, is best assessed with reference to the nature of the scientific input required at the various stages of decision-making. Characterising planning by its scientific inputs, defined in terms of procedural and substantive planning theory, the review attempts to make definitive statements about the potential contribution of GIS irrespective of current technologies or the existence of tried applications. Conversely it also highlights the technology's limitations as a planning aid, identifying tasks for which GIS offers little or no substantial advantages. In this respect it should provide a useful guide to the GIS agendas of planning practitioners and researchers as well as providing a pedagogic device. (A)

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    UNIVERSITY OF WALES COLLEGE OF CARDIFF

    PO BOX 906
    CARDIFF,   United Kingdom  CF1 3YN
  • Authors:
    • Webster, C
  • Publication Date: 1992

Language

  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 43 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00668111
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 1-869854-99-3
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 2 1994 12:00AM