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Rural Analysis and Management

An Earth Science Approach to Rural Science

  • Presents the foundations of modern rural analysis leading to a complete management scheme for rural landscapes and its application to an actual case

  • Includes topics such as global change, the role of information technologies in rural areas, gender relations and how to bridge the gap between scientific analysis and decision-making processes


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-3
  2. Methodological Notes on Analysis, Synthesis and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Francisco J. Tapiador
      Pages 15-20
  3. Elements of the Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
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      Pages 23-65
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  4. Rural Management – The Applied Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Francisco J. Tapiador
      Pages 239-243
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About this book


This handbookpossesses two virtues that are becomingincreasingly dif?cult to ?nd together. The ?rst one is providing a novel and original scheme to analyze the rural areas of the planet in the context of Earth sciences. The handbook is so original in its plan that it actually de?nes what modern rural science is. The scheme followed, albeit new, is rooted in a venerable geographical tradition and presents a sensible balance between the academic and the applied viewpoints. This novel way of stu- ing rural areas represents by itself a valuable contribution to this complex ?eld. The second virtue of the book is the ability of synthesizing the most important aspects of the issues tackled, and there are many issues this book tackles, from physical to human geographyand from deontologyto matrix algebra. When writing a handbook in such a vast ?eld as rural science, it is indeed tempting to accumulate meaninglessinformationassisted by the wealth of available on-lineinformation. On the other side, the danger of forgetting essential aspects is always present. None of these problems seems to have affected the making of this book. The pictures and tables always have a place, the text never looses its coherence, and no comment seems super?uous. Also, the ambitious scope of the book is seemly effortlessly solved by a rational, clear, and logical scheme that dissects all the relevant issues up to the required point.


Environmental Sciences GIS Geography Geoinformationssysteme Landscape Planning Regional Planning Spatial Analysis Urban Planning

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Environmental Sciences, ICAMAvda. Carlos III s/n, 45004Spain

About the authors

Dr Francisco J. Tapiador is senior scientist in Earth Sciences and lectures in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UCLM (Toledo, Spain). He graduated in Geography and holds a master's degree in Cadastral Cartography and a PhD in Physics. He has worked as professional geographer in large regional development projects, developing both guidelines and policies for regional and rural planning, and implementing geographical information and management systems. His research in rural issues spans from Climate Change to Historical GIS and Remote Sensing, having written more than 50 research papers in the last 5 years. His findings have been published in highly cited journals (Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Geophysical Research Letters and International Journal of Remote Sensing, amongst others). He has been a visiting scholar at the universities of Barcelona (Spain), Cambridge (UK) and The Sorbonne (France).

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