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Title: Digital documentation for integrated hazard assessment and sustainable management at dynamic natural heritage sites : the Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast Heritage Site
Author: Bratton, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0004 5915 8873
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis demonstrates how digital documentation and the development of integrated hazard assessment tools, can help guide the sustainable management of dynamic natural heritage sites. Terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Position System (GPS) technologies are used to digitally document the Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site. This enables the development of GIS based integrated hazard assessment tools. These help site managers determine where specific processes occur, their likelihood of occurrence and probable impacts. At the Giant's Causeway the approach is used to assess the impact of slope failures on visitors and staff, and the impact of sea level rise on priority habitats and species. Results suggest that digital documentation, when coupled with integrated hazard assessment can make a tangible and practical contribution towards sustained physical access and practical conservation. A review of the issues and opportunities associated with the approach, result in the presentation of strategic guidelines which help managers deliver sustainable digital documentation and integrated hazard assessment projects.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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