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CHAPTER 1: Introduction to Physical Geograph

(f). Future of Physical Geography

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. Also see section 2e. 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:

(3). Geographic Information Systems - A geographic information system (GIS) merges information in a computer database with spatial coordinates on a digital map. Geographic information systems are becoming increasingly more important for the management of resources. Also see section 2f.


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Citation: Pidwirny, M. (2006). "Future of Physical Geography". Fundamentals of Physical Geography, 2nd Edition. Date Viewed.


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