Table of Contents

Front Matter; Methodological Notes on Analysis, Synthesis and Management; The Measuring Process in Rural Analysis; Environmental Elements in Rural Analysis; Dynamics and Processes of the Environmental Elements; Anthropic Elements in Rural Analysis; Dynamics and Processes of the Anthropic Elements; A Synthetic Approach; A Cartographic Overview of the Agrarian World; Regional Issues in the Rural Areas of the World; Approaches to Management; Management Tools: Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Expert Systems; The Concept of Rural Quality of Life. "This handbook presents the foundations of modern rural analysis. The first part of the book presents a description of the elements of rural analysis, providing the basis for a synthetic view of rural landscapes in the second part. Included is a description and explanation of the rural landscapes from throughout the world, which leads to a complete management scheme for rural landscapes. The text covers topics such as global change, the role of information technologies in rural areas, gender relations and how to bridge the gap between scientific analysis and decision-making processes. A example is provided, illustrating how all the analyses and techniques shown can be applied in a real case."--Jacket.
"This handbook presents the foundations of modern rural analysis. The first part of the book presents a description of the elements of rural analysis, providing the basis for a synthetic view of rural landscapes in the second part. Included is a description and explanation of the rural landscapes from throughout the world, which leads to a complete management scheme for rural landscapes. The text covers topics such as global change, the role of information technologies in rural areas, gender relations and how to bridge the gap between scientific analysis and decision-making processes. A example is provided, illustrating how all the analyses and techniques shown can be applied in a real case."--Jacket.