Anyone involved in sustainable development – no matter in which area – is increasingly dependent on reliable and linked geo-information.
Geodata are used everywhere – and are of use to all
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Geo-information is establishing itself in practically all walks of life: transportation, energy, environment, nature, land and forest management, regional planning, real estate, information and telecommunication, education, culture, financial and health insurance, national defense and security, civil protection, disaster control, logistics and waste disposal.
Planning and decision-making must include spatial relevance for an economically sensible, ecologically responsible, and socially acceptable development. Only accurate knowledge of space, its use and regulation allows the consequences of decisions to be extrapolated accurately. The multifaceted human, social, natural and economic circumstances within a geographically defined area can be reproduced and analyzed realistically.
To effectively exploit the benefits of geo-information – more efficient working methods, sound decision-making – requires powerful geographic information systems (GIS) with which data may easily be collected, stored, linked, analyzed, visualized and distributed.