USING GIS FOR ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT OF GEOLOGIC SPECIALLY PROTECTED NATURAL AREAS

https://doi.org/10.24057/2414-9179-2017-1-23-231-242

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About the Author

A. V. Shurkhovetskiy

Volzhsky Humanitarian Institute (branch) of the Volgograd State University
Russian Federation
404133, Volgograd Region, Volzhskiy, 40 let Pobedy st, 11

Abstract

The article describes approaches to the preservation of unique geological objects used in the world and in Russia. It lists the shortcomings of geological monuments of nature as the main form of protection of territories that have specific features of geological structure and significant paleontological locations. It also proves the relevance of geoinformation systems (GIS) use for a comprehensive solution of existing problems.

The article describes the main features of the algorithm for the GIS development in the projected Alexandrov-Balykleysky geopark, consisting of a number of sequentially performed operations: field and office research, development of a cartographic basis, creation of thematic layers and database, development of conventional designations system and user interface elements.

It justifies the division of information available for different user categories by creating specialized thematic layers and their relevant attributive tables, and by including additional information materials in the database. It gives conventional designations examples of geological monuments of nature of various types (paleontological, geological-geomorphological, geologicalpaleontological and sculpture-paleontological) and geological sections of various stratigraphic divisions.

The obtained results may be used to justify the creation and development of geoparks, to improve the management efficiency of existing geological protected areas, to conduct scientific research and to monitor the state of facilities, to collect, systematize and analyze new data, as well as for the development of tourism, culture, environmental education by creating an information Internet resource and compiling a wide range of educational products: maps, atlases, booklets, etc. 

Keywords

geopark, guarded natural territories, geologic heritage objects.

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For citation: Shurkhovetskiy A.V. USING GIS FOR ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT OF GEOLOGIC SPECIALLY PROTECTED NATURAL AREAS. Proceedings of the International conference “InterCarto. InterGIS”. 2017;23(1):231-242. https://doi.org/10.24057/2414-9179-2017-1-23-231-242