Ecosystem services, green infrastructure and the role of planning support systems

Brian Deal, Varkki Pallathucheril, Tom Heavisides

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Traditional efforts to improve the quality of life in our communities have, at times, had detrimental effects on both the environment and the very issues the investments were designed to address. Sustainable development decisions must take into account-in social, economic and environmental terms-the long-term impacts of planning and investment decisions. In this chapter we argue that advances in computation techniques and network infrastructure enable the next generation of planning support systems to support such an accounting. We describe our experiences and lessons learned from application of the LEAM planning support system and a Web-based GeoPortal in helping to sustain critical green infrastructure resources in the state of Illinois.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-207
Number of pages21
JournalLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
Issue number199649
StatePublished - 2013
Event13th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2013 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 2 2013Jul 5 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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