Spatial Analysis & Data Visualization @ SFSU

Chapter 5 – Urbanization in harmony with the earth

Chapter 5 is the opening substantive chapter in Part II of Think Globally, Act Regionally—"Raster GIS, Multivariate Data Graphics, and Balancing the Built and Natural Environments." Using data from Contra Costa County, California, chapter 5 describes how urbanization can harm the natural environment by eliminating prime farmland, open space, and wetlands; polluting the air and water, diminishing biodiversity, endangering plant and animal species, and placing human settlements at risk. It describes theories of environment-sensitive development including sustainable urban development, design with nature, green urbanism, and the new urbanism. Chapter 5 discusses how spatial analysis can help wisely manage environmentally sensitive areas, protect endangered and threatened species, and reduce pollution.