Mapping, Modeling, and the Fragmentation of Environmental Law

Dave Owen
2012 Social Science Research Network  
In the past forty years, environmental researchers have achieved major advances in electronic mapping and spatially explicit, computerbased simulation modeling. Those advances have turned quantitative spatial analysis-that is, quantitative analysis of data coded to specific geographic locations-into one of the primary modes of environmental research. Researchers now routinely use spatial analysis to explore environmental trends, diagnose problems, discover causal relationships, predict possible
more » ... futures, and test policy options. At a more fundamental level, these technologies and an associated field of theory are transforming how researchers conceptualize environmental systems.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2014104 fatcat:uxjv376wjvgxda46hpsi7k5gry