, Volume 79, Issue 2, pp 127–128 | Cite as

GIS and built environment

  • Lin Liu
  • Xia Li

This special issue centers on the broad theme of geographic information systems (GIS) and built environment. Although there is no universally agreed definition on built environment, Wikipedia’s description of the term is quite representative. It refers built environment to “the human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging in scale from buildings and parks or green space to neighborhoods and cities that can often include their supporting infrastructure, such as water supply, or energy networks.” The study of the built environment is therefore inherently multi-disciplinary, encompassing fields such as geography, planning, civil and environment engineering, etc. GIS can serve as a platform that supports research of the built environment in all related disciplines. This special issue covers seven selected articles ranging from the simulation of cities, the modeling of urban streams, land suitability and impervious surfaces, the study of regional...


Geographic Information System Impervious Surface Stream Network Digital Elevation Model Fuzzy Approach 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Geography and PlanningSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of CincinnatiOhioUSA

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