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GIS-Based Borderlands Modeling and Understanding: A Perspective

National Geomatics Center of China, Beijing 100830, China
School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Academic Editor: Wolfgang Kainz
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(2), 661-676;
Received: 19 August 2014 / Revised: 27 October 2014 / Accepted: 3 February 2015 / Published: 20 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Borderlands Modeling and Analysis)
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Borderland regions are special areas and deserve more attention in global sustainable development. Reliable geo-information and effective analysis tools are requested to support borderlands studies through the integrated utilization of geospatial analysis, web service, as well as the other domain-specific expertise. This paper has reviewed the state-of-the-art of geospatial information sciences, (GIS)-based borderlands modeling, and understanding. From the perspective of GIS, integrated data modeling, comprehensive analysis, and collaborative information service are identified as the three major challenges in this filed. A research agenda is further proposed with four topics, i.e., classification and representation of borderland information, derivation of neighborhood information, development of synergetic analysis, and design and development of a geo-portal for borderlands studies. This interdisciplinary study requires a closer and in-depth collaboration of geopolitics, international relation, geography and geo-spatial information sciences. View Full-Text
Keywords: borderlands; sustainable development; integrated data modeling; comprehensive analysis; geospatial information science borderlands; sustainable development; integrated data modeling; comprehensive analysis; geospatial information science

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Chen, J.; Li, R.; Dong, W.; Ge, Y.; Liao, H.; Cheng, Y. GIS-Based Borderlands Modeling and Understanding: A Perspective. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4, 661-676.

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