Environmental Sensitivity Mapping: A Regional Planning Tool

  • Ralf Buckley


Environmental sensitivity maps (ESM’s) show the probable environmental impacts of different types of land use or development in a geographic context. They are a valuable and under-utilised tool in regional environmental planning.

Environmental sensitivity refers to the relationship between applied stresses and environmental responses. An ESM must identify likely stresses and responses, estimate sensitivities and map them in a usable form. It thus combines the techniques of environmental impact assessment (EIA) with those of regional planning and mapping.

ESM is not always preferable to project-based EIA. In general, ESM is particularly efficient and cost-effective for environmental planning at a regional scale, in mosaic terrain, in pristine areas, and for accidental impacts.


Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Planning Environmental Sensitivity Environmental Type 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf Buckley
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  1. 1.Griffith University Gold CoastAustralia

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