Thursday, December 29, 2011


The following list describes some of the important future trends in physical geography research:
(1). Continued development of applied physical geography for the analysis and correction of human-induced environmental problems. A student of applied physical geography uses theoretical information from the field of physical geography to manage and solve problems related to natural phenomena found in the real world.

(2). Remote Sensing - Advances in technology have caused the development of many new instruments for the monitoring of the Earth's resources and environment from airborne and space platforms.  The most familiar use of remote sensing technology is to monitor the Earth's weather for forecasting. See the following links for examples of remotely sensed images:
  • Google Maps
  • Google Earth
  • France - SPOT Image
  • USA - Landsat
  • Canada - Radarsat
  • GOES
  • USA EROS Data Center  
(3). Geographic Information Systems - A geographic information system (GIS) merges information in a computer database with spatial coordinates on a digital map. Geographic information dystems are becoming increasingly more important for the management of resources.

Pidwirny, M. (2006). "Future of Physical Geography". Fundamentals of Physical Geography, 2nd Edition. 29/11/2011.

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