environmental information system

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The storage and analysis of environmental data using a computer, which might include use of geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and simulation, which make it much easier to simulate how the environment works and how it might respond to different management scenarios. Such analyses rely heavily on powerful computers that are used to store and manipulate databases and to run complex predictive models. As computers become more and more powerful (between 1950 and 1990, for example, computers increased in speed by a factor of ten roughly every five years) it becomes possible to analyse bigger and bigger data sets and run more complex models in more sophisticated ways.

Subjects: Environmental Science.

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