Can they do it
The first aim was to
check whether the very high spatial resolution satellite images
that had recently become available could help update the city maps
and databases. Their appli-cation to urban management in Hangzhou
is a case study in this respect, for Hangzhou is representative
of the myriad towns around the world, especially in the developing
coun-tries, that are caught in a whirlwind of changes and rapid
growth. The projects outcomes are thus likely to be used elsewhere.
Another aim of the project was to check whether
Hangzhous growth as a tourist attraction could boost the local
economy without damaging the environment. This means protecting
the landscapes, managing waste disposal, etc. This is the condition
of sustainable development. The U-GIS can indeed help to manage
these many components comprehensively and effectively by including
the concerns of the various players involved in development (planners,
economists, tourists, etc.) in the overall scheme.
The capital of
Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province, in eastern China.
It is located 180 km south west of Shanghai and is bordered
to the south by the Qiantang River.