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Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 319-343; doi:10.3390/fi3040319
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An Online Landscape Object Library to Support Interactive Landscape Planning

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1 Department of Primary Industries, 32 Lincoln Square North, Carlton 3052, Victoria, Australia 2 Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne 3010, Victoria, Australia 3 Department of Infrastructural Engineering, University of Melbourne 3010, Victoria, Australia 4 Department of Sustainability and Environment, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Received: 2 November 2011 / Revised: 12 December 2011 / Accepted: 15 December 2011 / Published: 20 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Internet and Landscapes)
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Abstract

Using landscape objects with geo-visualisation tools to create 3D virtual environments is becoming one of the most prominent communication techniques to understand landscape form, function and processes. Geo-visualisation tools can also provide useful participatory planning support systems to explore current and future environmental issues such as biodiversity loss, crop failure, competing pressures on water availability and land degradation. These issues can be addressed by understanding them in the context of their locality. In this paper we discuss some of the technologies which facilitate our work on the issues of sustainability and productivity, and ultimately support for planning and decision-making. We demonstrate an online Landscape Object Library application with a suite of geo-visualisation tools to support landscape planning. This suite includes: a GIS based Landscape Constructor tool, a modified version of a 3D game engine SIEVE (Spatial Information Exploration and Visualisation Environment) and an interactive touch table display. By integrating the Landscape Object Library with this suite of geo-visualisation tools, we believe we developed a tool that can support a diversity of landscape planning activities. This is illustrated by trial case studies in biolink design, whole farm planning and renewable energy planning. We conclude the paper with an evaluation of our Landscape Object Library and the suite of geographical tools, and outline some further research directions.
Keywords: landscape visualisation; digital object library; 3D virtual environments; landscape planning; participatory planning support systems; geo-visualisation tools landscape visualisation; digital object library; 3D virtual environments; landscape planning; participatory planning support systems; geo-visualisation tools
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Sharma, S.; Pettit, C.; Bishop, I.; Chan, P.; Sheth, F. An Online Landscape Object Library to Support Interactive Landscape Planning. Future Internet 2011, 3, 319-343.

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