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The idea is to relate the analysis with different urbanization indicators and land uses.
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soil is part of the environment. but the chemical analysis of soil to detect soil pollution is a part of environmental chemistry.
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looking to investigate how context affect/influence the practice of SEA.
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see:
Fischer, T. B.2005. Having an impact? – Context elements for effective SEA application in transport policy, plan and programme making, Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management 7(3): 407-432.
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Hello everyone,
I am preparing a course syllabi for Environmental Planning, and I am trying to make a list of important topics that I should make sure I will be covering them. Also, what books/papers do your recommend to be included in the reading list. Any idea would be highly appreciated.
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First topic proposed: Ecology. Sorry, but I witnessed so many forests cut down and covered by concrete in Virginia nd North Carolina. It was awful. It killed off the thriving population of bears and deer. Thank you for your question.
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I am looking to research on Environmental Planning and Development. The objectives to guide my research will help as well. Thank you for your support in this regard.
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Climate change, water and social justice are critical issues. However, I am uneasy about suggesting a focus. Instead, I encourage you to explore these questions to determine your research question:
1. What do I want to do after my studies?
This is the toughest question to answer, because we often don’t know what we want until we see it. On the other hand, if you don’t know where you are going, any road will do. How could your research help prepare you for what you want to do with your life after graduation?
2. What organization would I ideally like to work for / with?
Do you want to work for a private, public, or NGO organization? Do you already have a wish list of two or three? Might one of them be prepared to sponsor your research on a particular topic that they need to explore? That conversation would help you to get to know them, and help them to get to know you, so you can test your mutual comfort with a longer term relationship. Plus, they might help cover the cost of your studies.
3. What do I really want to know, and why?
A masters is a lot of work. You need to be energized to learn the findings of your research because you want to know — not me, or your supervisor, or a prospective employer. You. Why do you want to know the answer to your research badly enough to invest the time and money to find out? Don’t do the masters for the credential; do it for the increased knowledge about something that you care about.
4. How can my thesis be a force for change?
Sustainability issues are huge. What needs to be added to the body of knowledge about them that people don’t already know about? For example, what would it take to have governments use sustainable public procurement to only allow suppliers who disclose their contributions to the SDGs to bid on tenders? Is it lack of knowledge or lack of action, or both? Think of your thesis as a draft of a guidebook. Ideally, who would you like to read it so that they can be more effective? One of my books was my master’s thesis, another was my doctoral thesis. I wasn’t doing the research to get another certificate on my wall; I was doing it so that the book would be a more effective instrument for change.
These questions reinforce that a masters should be a means to an end, not the end itself. You want to do the research so that ….(what)? Have fun with the questions, take your time, and I know you will enjoy exploring ways to leverage your research.
I hope this helps a bit. All the best.
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I am looking to research on environmental planning and management.The objectives to study about will help as well.
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Eco- and smart cities
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Coastal management is a topic that has been much debated around the world in the last two decades, in view of the need to organize our coastal areas. In view of this context, I ask if the countries of South America present governmental programs of Coastal Management.
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Hi Fabio
Could be this information help you about Colombia: Ley 1450 de 2011, decreto 1120 del 31 de mayo de 2013: http://www.minambiente.gov.co/index.php/component/content/article/116-ordenamiento-manejo-integrado-costero-y-marino
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In details ... need to know What is a work environment plan?
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Dear Djaafar Zemali .. thanks for answering and sharing your opinion ..
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What are the publications of Mario Orlandi
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I am performing a site selection analysis for wastewater treatment plants, however, I need help in performing AHP to determine the criterion weights of land cover, slope, and distance to roads for overlaying it in ArcGIS. Thank you for kind response.
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Hi Jerome Marquez,
I made a video about AHP for ArcGIS. Clip is attached to this message.
thanks
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Dear Kai et al., nice to see the titel of your (new?) project on assessment and management of inland fishery! Is this focused on recreational fishery, or does it cover commercial inland fishery as well? As you may recall, our small Institute of Inland Fisheries in Potsdam is engaged in applied issues associated with commercial inland fishery in Germany. So I`d be very interested to receive any information concerning your Project. If helpful to you, I could provide you facts on the status of inland commercial fishery in Germany. Best wishes, Uwe
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I am interested in both recreational and inland commercial fishing research.
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Climate change  a phenomenon being talked about world over and the contribution of human kind. As most of the populations reside in cities . What are the ethical issues the cities and citizens have to follow keeping this phenomenon in view,
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Mainly they have to get used to sustainable lifestyles then it covers the ethical considerations!
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Hello, I use ENVI software to classify my interested area(Bojagh national park of Iran) I use Landsat 8 image. please give me some advise about my problem. and If you can please help me practically and it's implementation in ENVI software. and one more question,at least how much DN will makes difference between features or land cover/use?
please forgive me for my mistake in English writing.
sincerely.
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  • Fom my experience, it is better to focuse on RGB, then land cover can be seen in blue and respctive degrees of blue, the more dense, bluer. It. worked for Envi with Landsat 5 or 7, I have never got imagens from Landsat 8. Best of luck.
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My current research focuses on making improvements to the policy cycle (in Australia) through the introduction of policy sustainability assessment of RE policies, prior to policy implementation. In order to determine where such an approach might be practicable across the OECD, I am trying to bring together national public policy making processes. I already have the Australian Policy Cycle (Althaus et al), New Zealand (SSC), The US (LAITS) and the UK (HM Treasury). I wonder if anyone could point me towards the policy making process (usually beginning with problem identification and ending with evaluation post implementation) within some of the other OECD nations? Your assistance is appreciated in improving my research outcomes and future applications. 
I am looking for policy cycles across the Asian, Americas and European OECD regions.
Many Thanks.
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Dear Andrew,
maybe not the expected genre, but I like to mention the work by the Innovation in Governance research group (Berlin), that foregrounds the practices of policy-making. With their work you can develop an analytical distance to the idea of "cycles" whilst studying how policy cycles are imagined and performed by human, textual and organisational actors.
On a related point, at one point I collaborated with the group, rethinking how scales in environmental policy are brought into reality, how the scalar order between e.g. theory, problem identification, implementation, evaluation, etc can be analysed.
I hope that kind of work provides some generative challenges.
Kind regards,
Ingmar
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The problem is not only to highlight the relationships among disciplines, but how to build (i) a transnational common vision: 城市规划, urbanistica, urbanisme et aménagement du territoire, raum- und stadt- planung, ...; (ii) a transdisciplinary vision with the agreement on operational protocols analysis, on data (ontology and semantic data), on the implementation of spatial data infrastructures, of interdisciplinary thesaurus and glossaries, all tools necessary to allow the exchange of knowledge.
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Dear Luca
Two ideas come to mind. First, you must arrange some forums that encourage trans-disciplinary sharing of knowledge and insights. Conferences, brainstorming sessions, workshops, diverse advisory panels - these are all forums which can encourage individual experts to enrich other experts' understanding and enhance overall understanding of how to approach the problem. Such forums must be expertly led in a manner that facilitates cross-disciplinary thinking rather than directs the discussion to a predetermined outcome. Choice of attendees, venue, timing, method of recording and especially chairmanship are important in setting up such a forum.
Second, even if you have a very good trans-disciplinary understanding of the problem, the people with that understanding are helpless or frustrated if their shared insights lead nowhere. In other words, cannot be put into practice. For any good idea to be implemented, you need a number of 'capacities' available at the one centre of activity:
  • legal power
  • influence or reputational power
  • knowledge
  • skilled personnel
  • funds.
The absence of any one of these can be fatal to a new initiative. A very common reason why good public proposals don't happen is that these capacities are scattered between different organisations with different headquarters.
A useful term to describe this concept is 'feasible path'. A proposal must have a feasible path towards implementation or it won't happen. Absence of one critical condition is sufficient to neutralise a lot of other good features.
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Bird trends, often expressed as aggregated indexes, are a valuable and commonly adopted tool in environmental planning (Gregory &Van Strien, 2010). Is there any study which adopted the population dynamics of one, or more, bird species as a barometer to monitor changes in the provisioning of ecosystem services by certain types of environments?
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Please review my multivariate index for brook trout.  The paper outlines how the index could be applied to brook trout populations but the authors stress the model approach could be augmented for any species.  Please go to:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Albert_Smith5  and look at our approach.  Best wishes in your research.
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I have read several recent papers concerning ecological restoration and remediation of polluted areas but surprisingly it is often used a BCA in the average project. I understand that meaningful costs and benefits are mandatory to carry out ecological restoration or polluted areas remediation but there are problems linked to the purely economic conception of BCA methodology -such as the difficulty to evaluate social benefits or costs. In fact, I consider that it would be more convenient to use different methodologies –like SWOT analysis plus BCA - to make decisions and plan projects.
So, the points of this post are:
1) Do you believe that only BCA should be applied? What are the advantages of using only this methodology?
2) Do you think SWOT analysis along with BCA should be the methodology considered? What advantages are associated?
3) Is there another available methodological approach? Should there be a mix of methodologies to cope with the planning and maintenance issues of ecological restoration?
Thanks in advance.
Best regards,
Jesús Díaz
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In my humble opinion:
1) The BCA will give a quantitative benchmark whether the project is go or no go. But in the project concerning ecological aspect, the community participation is an essential factor for its success. This factor is quite difficult to include in the analysis.
2 & 3) The debate between quantitative and qualitative method is always a big issue and it is never ending debate. They have different approach. However, nowadays researchers and scientist encourage multidisciplinary approach to solve the problem, I think a good methodology will develop soon.
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I've been working on mining heritage tourism as one possible option of reuse in former mining sites in the south of Chile; I would like to know other researchers in either this specific type of reuse or others.
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 Gracias por la información Aurora.  Tu trabajas también en estos temas?  
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I am looking for a free tool to use in ArcGis or a stand alone app that will calculate measures of habitat connectivity in a fragmented landscape. The project aims to use connectivity calculations to inform optimal ecological corridor design.
A number of tools are listed on this webpage though I am not familiar with any of them: http://www.conservationcorridor.org/corridor-toolbox/
Any advice on a nice efficient tool to use would be greatly appreciated.
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This is just to add an important point to the comment by Paola, which otherwise I agree with, and to complement previous contributions to this question.
Conefor is not based in Euclidean distances but open to any form of distance measure that may be relevant in each particular application, such as effective distances from least-cost paths, effective resistances from circuit theory or others (for example, even genetic distances could be used). To see the variety of distance measures that have been used with Conefor you can have a look at http://www.conefor.org/applications.html.
Assuming that, among all possible options, you may want to use the popular least-cost effective distances for a given species, some of the many examples of Conefor being used with such effective distances can be found in the following publications:
- Trainor, A.M., Walters, J.R., Urban, D.L., Moody, A. 2013. Evaluating the effectiveness of a Safe Harbor Program for connecting wildlife populations. Animal Conservation. doi: 10.1111/acv.12035.
- Decout, S., Manel, S., Miaud, C., Luque, S. 2012. Integrative approach for landscape-based graph connectivity analysis: a case study with the common frog (Rana temporaria) in human-dominated landscapes. Landscape Ecology 27: 267-279.
- Carranza, M.L., D'Alessandro, E., Saura, S., Loy, A. 2012. Connectivity providers for semi-aquatic vertebrates: the case of the endangered otter in Italy. Landscape Ecology 27: 281-290.
- Gurrutxaga, M., Rubio, L., Saura S. 2011. Key connectors in protected area networks and the impact of highways: a transnational case study from the Cantabrian Range to the Western Alps. Landscape and Urban Planning 101: 310-320.
- Fu, W., Liu, S., DeGloria, S.D., Dong, S., Beazley, R. 2010. Characterizing the "fragmentation-barrier" effect of road networks on landscape connectivity: a case study in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China. Landscape and Urban Planning 83: 91-103.
In many cases you would use Conefor in combination with other software tools that calculate such least-cost effective distances or some other form of distance. The Conefor Inputs extension for ArcGIS only calculates Euclidean distances, but this not the only option and of course is not always the best option. Some of the other software packages or GIS extensions that calculate these effective distances (or resistances) in a format that can be readily used as an input for Conefor are the following (this is not an exhaustive list):
Conefor will not calculate any type of distance among patches for you (you will have to do this externally to Conefor), but can take any type of distance among patches as an input and calculate the habitat connectivity in the landscape, its changes, and the individual elements (patches or linkages) that most contribute to conserve connectivity (or that would contribute most to restore it).