Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2014104
 
 

Footnotes (299)



 


 



Mapping, Modeling, and the Fragmentation of Environmental Law


Dave Owen


University of Maine - School of Law

March 1, 2012


Abstract:     
In the past forty years, environmental researchers have achieved major advances in electronic mapping and spatially explicit, computer-based simulation modeling. Those advances have turned quantitative spatial analysis — that is, quantitative analysis of data coded to specific geographic locations — into one of the primary modes of environmental research. Researchers now routinely use spatial analysis to explore environmental trends, diagnose problems, discover causal relationships, predict possible futures, and test policy options. At a more fundamental level, these technologies and an associated field of theory are transforming how researchers conceptualize environmental systems.

Advances in spatial analysis have had modest impacts upon the practice of environmental law, little impact on environmental law’s structure or theory, and minimal impact on environmental law research. However, the potential legal implications of these advances are profound. By focusing on several of environmental law’s traditional core debates, and by using urban development as a central example, this Article explores those implications. It shows that spatial analysis can change the problems environmental law addresses, the regulatory instruments environmental law uses, the entities law empowers to address those problems, and the methodologies of environmental law research.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 63

Keywords: environmental law, spatial analysis, geographic information systems, land use

working papers series





Download This Paper

Date posted: March 2, 2012 ; Last revised: December 3, 2013

Suggested Citation

Owen, Dave, Mapping, Modeling, and the Fragmentation of Environmental Law (March 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2014104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2014104

Contact Information

Dave Owen (Contact Author)
University of Maine - School of Law ( email )
246 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 744
Downloads: 107
Download Rank: 152,013
Footnotes:  299

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo5 in 0.297 seconds