DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2016/B21/S08.081


A. Stergioudis
Friday 9 September 2016 by Libadmin2016

References: 16th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2016, www.sgem.org, SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-58-2 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 28 - July 6, 2016, Book2 Vol. 1, 651-656 pp

Advantages of the technology of cloud computing integrated with the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), towards classical forest management methods were examined in this work. Forest management is a vital element for the wellness, the protection and the economic efficiency for every forest. Usually for a successful management a vast variety of different data like aerial photos, satellite images, in situ measurements, climate data etc. are needed. The collection, process and publication of all these data is a difficult and high demanding procedure, which consumes many resources. In some cases, those high demanding in recourses constitute a negative factor for the creation of an efficient and adequate forest management plan. The new groundbreaking technology of cloud computing integrated with the well-known Geographical Information Systems, seems to have promising applications in the field of forest management. During this study the classical forest management methods in Greece were examined and compared with the new proposed methods based in the cloud GIS technology. For the comparison many factors such as the efficiency, the demanding in resources, the time and the consolidation of the results in a national level were taken in consideration. The results saw that the proposed methodology is more efficient, demanding less economic and human resources and it can produce consolidated data results in a national level. Furthermore, it helps into the creation of a national forest database, which due to the cloud technology it could be accessed and processed from many users simultaneously. The created database will promote the scientific research and in combination with the cloud GIS it could become the base for a powerful decision support tool for the forest management.

Keywords: Forest management, Forest protection, Cloud Computing, Cloud GIS.

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