Data Base Use for Regional Environmental Planning

by Lyman F. Wible, Chf. Environmental Planner; Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Waukesha, Wisc.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 5, Pg. 559-580

Document Type: Journal Paper


Data base management concepts applied in an established multicounty regional planning commission are identified and reviewed. The need for data base management is noted. Data base applications are examined, as used and interralated in described work programs of environmental planning—including air quality, water quality, and floodland management—and of related land use planning. The existing data structure and actual data file content are reviewed. The organizational setting is described, and the evolution of data base design is traced from large-cell data storage, to small-cell data storage, to digitized storage of irregularly shaped cells. Comparisons to state-level data base development for natural resource management are noted. The prognosis for overlay of areal data with line and point data is described, as is the potential use of optical scanning equipment for data entry of mapped information.

Subject Headings: Air quality | Quality control | Water quality | Databases | Environmental issues | Resource management | Information management | Flood plains

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