A Methodology for Supporting Exploratory Research on the Role of Geo-Location and Boundaries in Spatio-Temporal and Environmental Studies

Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 19 (2020), 7, http://www.eemj.icpm.tuiasi.ro/pdfs/vol19/no7/13_497_Homocianu_19.pdf

15 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2020

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Daniel Homocianu

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Accounting, Business Information Systems and Statistics

Aurelian P. Plopeanu

The Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, The Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi

Alin Adrian Mihaila

Ph.D Lecturer

Emil Lucian Crisan

Babes-Bolyai University - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Razvan Nistor

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dinu Airinei

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

The paper brings a methodological contribution useful for supporting the development of predictive models of phenomena and human behaviors in the area of environmental protection with respect for history, geo-location, environment boundaries, and considering further applications in defining corresponding stimulating policies by decision-makers and management teams. It proposes a handy and easy-to-use technique of deriving spatial variables (e.g. aerial distances to a custom border and belonging or not to a chosen area) starting from real data including respondents’ residencies from a survey of Romanian students. The authors used Quantum Geographical Information System (QGIS) and a historical map for recreating the coordinates of this border two programming languages and two categories of algorithms: first for computing a minimum aerial distance to this custom border based on the Haversine (HAV) formula and a proposed Point to Points (P2P) approach compared with another one based on the Pythagorean Theorem with corrections depending on the average latitudes using both P2P and P2S (Point to Segments); second for finding the belonging to a chosen/defined area considering the corresponding polygon and the Crossing-Number (CN) approach of solving Point-in-Polygon (PIP) problems. Aerial distance scale derivations for statistical purposes, online query-able map examples for demonstrating the expected spatial alignment of the inputs based on this methodology, and execution benchmarks for efficiency reasons have been also provided.

Keywords: Border Studies, GIS, Haversine and Pythagoras, P2P and P2S, PIP

Suggested Citation

Homocianu, Daniel and Plopeanu, Aurelian P. and Mihaila, Alin Adrian and Crisan, Emil Lucian and Nistor, Razvan and Airinei, Dinu, A Methodology for Supporting Exploratory Research on the Role of Geo-Location and Boundaries in Spatio-Temporal and Environmental Studies (2020). Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 19 (2020), 7, http://www.eemj.icpm.tuiasi.ro/pdfs/vol19/no7/13_497_Homocianu_19.pdf, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3699866

Daniel Homocianu (Contact Author)

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Accounting, Business Information Systems and Statistics ( email )

Romania

Aurelian P. Plopeanu

The Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, The Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi ( email )

Alexandru Lapusneanu 26
Iasi, 700057
Romania

Alin Adrian Mihaila

Ph.D Lecturer ( email )

Str Teodor Mihali, Nr.58-60
Cluj-Napoca, RO- 400591
Romania

Emil Lucian Crisan

Babes-Bolyai University - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Str Teodor Mihali, Nr.58-60
Cluj-Napoca, RO- 400591
Romania

Razvan Nistor

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Dinu Airinei

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Bd. Carol I no.22
Iasi, RO-700505
Romania

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