Urban habitat type mapping

Authored by: Peter J. Jarvis

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415498135
eBook ISBN: 9780203839263
Adobe ISBN: 9781136883415


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It should be axiomatic that decisions in town planning are based on comprehensive information and appraisal of what already exists. It is evident, however, that in many towns and cities decisions that greatly affect the urban fabric, the urban landscape and urban quality of life have been made, and continue to be made, on incomplete, inappropriate, marginally relevant or partial data. Urban planning in general, environmental planning in particular, and nature conservation and amenity planning most of all should demand a comprehensive, frequently updated set of relevant information. Much of this information needs to be given a spatial framework, including distributions and distributional interrelationships. In a word, the information needs to be mapped. And these maps need to be in a format that can be accessed, reviewed, interpreted and used.

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