Towards Dynamic Coastal Land-Use Planning Using Geospatial Technology: Conceptual Design of a Collaborative Web-based GIS

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This article presents the conceptual design of a collaborative web-based GIS for coastal land use planning in which all three parties; land use planners, applicants/developers, and community stakeholders can participate. The approach employs three-tier architecture built in a Java client-server environment, and consists of the ESRI ArcGIS 9.2® Server Advanced Edition and MySQL relational database. The ESRI ArcGIS 9.2® Server Advanced Edition includes a collection of advanced web applications and services. It can be used for web-based delivery of GIS information, hosting GIS web portals, processing of enterprise GIS databases, and distributed GIS data management and analysis. MySQL is a freeware, multi-user SQL Database Management System (DBMS), which is easy to learn than most database applications and is very popular for web applications. Using the system, coastal community can log on and see the proposed site plans overlaid with sensitive environmental areas of concern, new zoning layer, drainage infrastructure, and they can post their comments and concerns. Real stakeholders can interactively post comments, concerns, and create mark ups on the maps to reference areas of concern. The main applet will have controls so that everyone can view, but only real stakeholders can edit and add mark-ups. The system helps to create a coastal community that is more environmentally conscious, and promote overall process of coastal land use planning that is collaborative and transparent.


Keywords: Geospatial Technology, Collaborative Land Use Planning, Web-Based GIS
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Towards Dynamic Coastal Land-Use Planning Using Geospatial Technology,


Dr. Tarig Ali

Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology
College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Central Florida (UCF)

Orlando, Florida, USA

Dr. Tarig Ali has B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Computer Mapping from the Ohio State University. He has been an assistant professor with the Department of Technology and Geomatics at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) since August of 2003 until he joined University of Central Florida (UCF) in August of 2006. Dr. Ali is recipient of the 2006 ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in GIS-3rd Place, the 2005 Faculty Excellence Award by East Tennessee State University, the 2004 Murrough O’Brien Educational Award by the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, and the 2003 Duane C. Brown Jr. Award by the Ohio State University. His recent research includes Study of the Spatio-temporal Variation of the Level of the Atmospheric Water Vapor using ground-based GPS, Spatial Modeling and Analysis of the Gray Fossils, Wide-Area GPS Networks, and GIS Uncertainty Modeling. Dr Ali is a member of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society. He is also a member of the Review Board of the International Journal of Modern Engineering, and reviewer for the ASCE Surveying Engineering and Engineering Technology Journals.

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