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Information Technology and Forest Management

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Pp. 354-361 in Proceedings of the World Congress of Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources (13-15, March 2002, Iguacu Falls, Brazil)  701P0301.(doi:10.13031/2013.8352)
Authors:   Loukas G. Arvanitis, Valentina S. Boycheva, Douglas R. Carter, Scott A. Sager
Keywords:   GIS, MapObjects, Internet Map Server, WWW interface, sustainability, harvest

This paper highlights the concerns related to shrinking of global forest area, currently 9 million hectares per year, and the importance of Information Technology (IT) in sustainable forest management. Reference is made to recent developments in IT. Results from a case study involving Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and customized interfaces are presented. The study was developed as standalone desktop application and client-server interface, based on Visual Basic, MapObjects (ESRI), and MapObjects Internet Server. C-Whiz (Ketron), a general-purpose linear optimizer, was selected to serve as the engine of the harvest-scheduling module.

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