|Goodrich, David - Dave|
Submitted to: Conference on Land Stewardship in The 21st Century
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/6/1999
Publication Date: 3/13/2000
Interpretive Summary: Recent advances in computers and software have provided land managers with new tools to use for land stewardship. These tools and technologies are not fully developed, but they have already fundamentally changed the way in which natural resource science and management are performed. This paper discusses such emerging tools and technologies and discusses the ways in which they are changing the field of watershed management.
Technical Abstract: The field of watershed management is highly dependent on spatially distributed data. Over the past decade, significant advances have been made toward the capture, storage, and use of spatial data. Emerging tools and technologies hold great promise for improving the scientific understanding of watershed processes and are already revolutionizing watershed research. Issues of scale, error, and uncertainty are highly relevant to understanding surface processes and are intimately tied to these emerging tools. This paper provides a summary of some of the ways in which global positioning systems, geographic information systems, remote sensing and distributed models are being integrated to provide information to the scientific and management communities.