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Title: Development of a Range Management Decision Support System (RAMDSS) for forest planning in the Banavasi Range of the Western Ghats, India
Author: Sugumaran, Ramanathan
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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In this project, a RAnge Management Decision Support System (RAMDSS) has been developed to assist the forest manager in improving day-to-day planning processes in a case study of the Banavasi Range of the Western Ghats, India. In this prototype, three major data types were collected namely, spatial data such as administrative boundaries, soil, contours, forest land use/cover, geology and geomorphology, non-spatial data such as socio-economic, and forestry inventory, and finally knowledge from the experts and other sources. In the prototype RAMDSS, all of this information was imported into a common platform using different techniques and technologies such as remote sensing, data base, GIS, Graphical User Interface (GUI) visualisation and KBS. The detailed development stages in the RAMDSS include assessment of user requirement, data collection, conceptual design, implementation and testing of the system were also discussed. The functionality of the system includes three major modules: Data management, Model management and Output. The first module allows the user to collect, edit, query and visualise the existing database. The customised user interface in the second module, which provides modeling capability, enables managers and end users to run different models, test the alternative scenarios and if necessary make the appropriate decisions for planning and management. The final module helps the user to view the output in the form of maps, tables, graphs and reports. The prototype developed in this project can assist the managers for effective forest planning in the study area.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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