Land Evaluation - An Artificial Intelligence Approach

Land Evaluation - An Artificial Intelligence Approach

G. Tsoumakas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and I. Vlahavas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-02-0.ch009
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A major environmental concern of today’s scientists is the inefficient exploitation of natural resources. The land is the ultimate source of wealth and the foundation on which civilization is constructed. Inappropriate land use, leads to destruction of the land resource, poverty and other social problems, and even to the destruction of civilization. To avoid such phenomena, land evaluation is employed, for rational land use planning and appropriate and sustainable use of natural and human resources (Rossiter, 1994). The management of land use is an interdisciplinary activity that relies on large amounts of information from different sources. Land evaluators need to collect information from soil surveyors, climatologists and census takers on land resource. They also need the expert knowledge of soil scientists, agronomists and economists on land use. In addition, land evaluators must select and apply the most appropriate analytical methods to evaluate land qualities and to combine these into overall physical and/or economic suitability. This evaluation is then calibrated against expert judgement and related experience. Finally they must present the results of the evaluation with reports and maps. This output has to be dynamic, considering the continuous refinement of the whole land evaluation process. The above characteristics of land evaluation denote that the management of such a process definitely requires the support of computer systems, especially expert systems, remote sensing and image processing systems, and geographical information systems (GIS). Such systems exist, but they are usually stand-alone units, hence human intervention (land evaluators) for the flow of information from one system towards the other is indispensable. Therefore, integrated systems are highly desirable. The latest research and development trends in this area progressively encompass Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to a greater extent, in order to achieve an optimal performance in the analysis of the vast geographical data. Expert systems were included early on, in an effort to model the domain knowledge of land evaluation from experts. Now, such systems introduce fuzzy logic to cope with uncertainty within the data sources and the inference procedure. Machine learning techniques are also included to model the land evaluation procedures when expert knowledge is insufficient or even absent. In general, there exists an amount of both symbolic and non-symbolic AI techniques, which scientists are keen on combining and integrating with traditional land information systems. This chapter is structured as follows. An overview of three of the most used AI techniques in land evaluation problems is given. Following that, the next section introduces ISLE (Tsoumakas and Vlahavas, 1999), an Intelligent System for Land Evaluation that is designed as a framework for the integration of AI techniques with a geographical information system. The final section discusses conclusions and future trends in this field.

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Claus Rautenstrauch, Susanne Patig
Chapter 1
Bernd Page, Claus Rautenstrauch
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Environmental Informatics - Methods, Tools and Applications in Environmental Information Processing
Chapter 2
Patrick J. Ogao, Connie A. Blok
Measurements from dynamic environmental phenomena have resulted in the acquisition and generation of an enormous amount of data. This upsurge in... Sample PDF
Cognitive Aspects on the Representation of Dynamic Environmental Phenomena Using Animations
Chapter 3
Eberhard Gulch
Sustainability and protection of the environment are requirements of high priority in our society. These tasks need an efficient monitoring of the... Sample PDF
3D Modelling of Urban Environment: Data Collection Techniques
Chapter 4
Ubbo Visser, Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Holger Wache, Thomas Vogele
Environmental information systems have gained more importance both in the public administration and industry since the beginning of 1990. For... Sample PDF
Using Environmental Information Efficiently: Sharing Data and Knowledge from Heterogeneous Sources
Chapter 5
Thomas Blaschke
Integrated ecological information systems are characterized by a broad range of thematic spatial data layers and a variety of specific application... Sample PDF
Environmental Monitoring and Management of Protected Areas through Integrated Ecological Information Systems - An EU Perspective
Chapter 6
Gilbert Ahamer
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A Structured Basket of Models for Global Change
Chapter 7
Goetz Wiegand, Volker Diegmann
FLADIS is an extendable software system integrated in a Geographical Information System (GIS) for displaying temporal and spatial distributions of... Sample PDF
FLADIS - A GIS Based System for Extending Air Pollution Point Data to Continuous Spatial Information
Chapter 8
A. Van Rompaey, G. Govers
Soil erosion is regarded as a major and widespread soil degradation process. The consequences of soil erosion occur both on- and off-site. On-site... Sample PDF
Assessing the Impacts of Land Use Policy on Soil Erosion Risk: Possibilities and Constraints of Geographical Information Systems
Chapter 9
G. Tsoumakas, I. Vlahavas
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Land Evaluation - An Artificial Intelligence Approach
Chapter 10
Lorenz M. Hilty, Ruth Meyer, Thomas F. Ruddy
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A General Modelling and Simulation System for Sustainability Impact Assessment in the Field of Traffic and Logistics
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Explorative Data Analysis Support for Environmental Epidemiology
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Victor P. Belogurov
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GIS Application for Detection of Ecological Risk Zones
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Hubert B. Keller, Bernd Muller, Andreas Fick
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Innovative Control Methods in Waste Management
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Mohamad K. Kayyal
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Estimation of Amounts of Waste Generated from Healthcare Facilities
Chapter 15
Azedine Boulmakoul, Robert Laurini, Karine Zeitouni
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Spatial Monitoring and Routing System for the Transportation of Hazardous Materials
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E. Luque
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High Performance Computing, Simulation and Forest Fires
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Nick A. Theophilopoulos, Pavlos Kassomenos
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Modelling and Simulation of Environmental Hazards
Chapter 18
F. GuarnierI, S. Olampi, A. Napoli
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Toward a "Virtual Laboratory" to Support Forest Fire Behaviour Modelling and Metrology
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Stefan Gobel, Uwe Jasnoch
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Metadata Information Systems for Geospatial Data
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Kristina Voigt, Gerhard Welzl, Joachim Benz
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Meta Information System for Environmental Chemicals: Set-up and Analysis of its Contents
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Virginia Brilhante, Dave Robertson
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Metadata-Supported Automated Ecological Modelling
Chapter 22
Klaus Tochtermann, Andree Keitel, Thomas Schutz
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Environmental Reporting in Print and Electronic Media
Chapter 23
Hans-Knud Arndt, Mario Christ, Oliver Gunther
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Environmental Reporting in the Public Interest
Chapter 24
Jorg V. Steinaecker, Gunnar Jurgens
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Material Flow Management in the Machine Building Industry
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Jurgen Hesselbach, Karsten V. Westernhagen
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An Integrated Approach for the Planning and Control of Flexible Retro-Production Systems
Chapter 26
Andreas Moller, Bernd Page, Arno Rolf, Volker Wohlgemuth
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Foundations and Applications of Computer Based Material Flow Networks for Environmental Management
Chapter 27
Alexander Huber, Jorge Marx-Gomez, Claus Rautenstrauch
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