Using Spatial Decision Support Systems to Integrate Visual and Environmental Consideration for Visual Resource Management
Source: University of Wyoming
Landscape change in Wyoming is increasing due in part to large scale anthropogenic developments. Often these developments are mitigated for aesthetic consequences but fail to take into account environmental considerations in the decision making process. This paper aims to combine the management of visual resources with measures of environmental integrity through the use of a Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) framework. Remote sensing and GIS will be used to integrate these measure into the frame work of an SDSS that takes into consideration both visual integrity and the currently lacking environmental integrity measures. The results of this study will provide a decision support framework for natural resource managers as well as provide a foundation for future research on integrating visual and environmental consideration.