Editorial -Strategic thinking for improved regional planning and natural resources managementCreated by Victor A. Sposito, Ray Wyatt & Christopher J. Petit
This special theme issue of Applied GIS further widens the scope of our journal by edging it closer to the “policy support” pole of the GIScience continuum. It contains several creative articles showing how practicing planners of natural resources and the environmental have managed to exploit the power of GIS and remote sensing in order to improve strategic thinking. More specifically, this issue showcases innovative GIS-related work being led by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in the State of Victoria, Australia. All authors either work for, or collaborate with this department’s research division, which is known as Primary Industries Research Victoria ( PIRVic). Moreover, in the spirit of providing informed decision support for rural and regional policy makers, the selected articles describe and explain actual working projects that have usually generated tangible results already. This editorial begins, therefore, by outlining the basic philosophy of PIRVic . It then describes a “systems framework for spatial decision making” in which each paper can be situated. Finally, we briefly describe the nature and context of each article.