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When the Land Tells a Story

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Landscape Monitoring and Humanitarian Relief

Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization

Randall B. Kemp and Sanjeev Khagram

Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization

As Kemp and Khagram suggest, the Pingree forest stewards devised a scheme to monitor landscape changes over their entire jurisdiction using three key technologies: geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), and global positioning systems (GPS). The novelty in the case lies neither in the technology nor the application, but rather in the management setting where the innovation took place. Pingree case could represent a model for other areas. For example, humanitarian relief actors set out to monitor the health, not necessarily of a forest, but of the human population living in an affected environment; they are required to respond when the effects of a disaster cross that health threshold.

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