OBLIQUE AIRPHOTOS FOR MAPPING, EDUCATING USERS, AND ENHANCING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING

Low-altitude oblique color airphotographs were used in a case study of land use planning in Jefferson County, Colorado. Because these photographs help bridge the gap from the real world to maps, they readily enabled the authors to communicate information traditionally available only in map format to the general public, county planners, and a citizens' open space advisory committee. The photographs helped educate citizens in the county about current land use conditions and trends and the degree and rate of land use changes. They documented the impact of urban sprawl and the demands on the land made by competing activities such as resource extraction and housing development. The photographs were used in studies that included siting of open space, landfills, septic tanks, and housing developments; making excavation easier; extracting resources; selecting corridors; and determining optimum sequential patterns of development. In these studies, the photographs helped explain the meaning of technical terms, illustrated the difference and significance of various classes of land use and land cover, and aided in compiling maps and in teaching users how to interpret the maps and establish criteria and guidelines that define suitable lands for different uses. These photographs provide graphic documentation of environmental conditions at specific times and greatly facilitate the evaluation of the impact of changes due to various land use activities and natural processes. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 1-5
  • Monograph Title: Photogrammetry, water quality, safety appurtenances, and shoulder design
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00148939
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030902563X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM