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Development of a GIS database for Iraqi marshlands ecosystem studies
Author(s): Hongxia Zhang; Falah H. Abed
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Paper Abstract

One of the World's most famous wetland ecosystems centered on the Euphrates and Tigris river basin and its delta regions in the Middle East was very nearly destroyed by the actions of government. A high quality database is the starting point for any GIS application. For Mesopotamian Marshlands, a large amount of spatial data has been accumulated by numerous ecosystem studies. This study encompasses to introduce a GIS database development in support of these studies. The study includes the following components: the *establishment of a data server conveniently accessible to all users; the selection of appropriate RDBMS/GIS software for both attribute data and geographic data; the development of a general data format and database structure; the formalization of data management procedures, including input, update, conversion and the implementation of data query and retrieval utilities for end users to search, display, print or plot. The increasing focus on integrating socio-economic and biological information with remote sensing and GIS technology can only help to further our understanding and capacity to manage ecosystems in a more sustainable manner.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7492, International Symposium on Spatial Analysis, Spatial-Temporal Data Modeling, and Data Mining, 749241 (15 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.837948
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Hongxia Zhang, Shandong Univ. of Technology (China)
Falah H. Abed, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Iraq)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7492:
International Symposium on Spatial Analysis, Spatial-Temporal Data Modeling, and Data Mining
Yaolin Liu; Xinming Tang, Editor(s)

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