Handbook of Geotourism
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Handbook of Geotourism

Edited by Ross Dowling and David Newsome

Ross Dowling and David Newsome present an original, substantial and much-needed contribution to the field which will further our understanding of geotourism in theory and practice. This Handbook defines, characterises and explores the subject through a range of international perspectives and case studies, identifying geotourism as a rapidly emerging form of urban and regional sustainable development.
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Chapter 7: The application of geographical information systems in geotourism

Halina Kobryn and David Newsome

Abstract

Geographic and geological datasets including remotely sensed imagery are increasingly being incorporated in many geotourism projects. These spatial datasets support all key stages of geotourism projects including initial research, planning, management, monitoring design and implementation of the project. In this chapter, we describe selected applications supporting the needs and the activities of planners, managers, scientists through to visitors, using examples from recent projects on the applications of geographic information systems and science (GIS) in geotourism. Spatial data analysis tools and primary data acquisition methods offered by remote sensing are invaluable in mapping and assessing landscapes and its components. A range of tools, applications and datasets are available for planners, managers and users of tourism destinations. Some of the applications include route planning, risk assessment, event planning, site assessment, monitoring.

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