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QGIS in Remote Sensing Set

coordinated by

André Mariotti

Volume 3

QGIS and Applications in Territorial Planning

Edited by

Nicolas Baghdadi

Clément Mallet

Mehrez Zribi



Scientific and technical issues related to territorial planning have long been firmly accompanied by the software for the graphical representation of the results of these studies. The software is a key element for communication both upstream and downstream of a project, for the phases of design, consultation or conciliation with public and private actors in connection with the infrastructures in question. In this way, Geographic Information Systems (GISs) have, over the last 15 years, taken a central place for all applications and issues related to territorial planning. With a growing number of tools, stakeholders (geomaticians, users, decision makers, scientists), data and references available, we have moved from a mainly cartographic use to more and more advanced analysis, simulation and diagnostics. All spatial scales are concerned, from the very small to the very large, from land use on a European scale to local city planning maps.

This third volume is devoted to the presentation and implementation in QGIS (Quantum Geographic Information System) and its libraries of several applications in relation to territorial planning. The proposed chapters illustrate the great diversity of study cases, spatial scales and actors involved in this problem: from the global scale to the city level, from tailored specific object detection to more general infrastructure location studies, in urban and agroforestry environments, without neglecting the coastal areas.

This work, carried out by scientists of a high technical level, is addressed to geomatics research teams, second-level students (engineering schools, master’s) and postgraduate studies (PhD students), and engineers involved in the management of water and territory resources. In addition to the texts of the proposed chapters, readers will have access to the data and tools, as well as screenshots of all the QGIS windows, which illustrate the manipulations necessary to carry out each step of each application. Through this educational work, we wish to contribute to the appropriation of the free software GIS, in connection with remote sensing applications.

A supplement to the chapters, including datasets and screenshots illustrating the practical application of the chapters, is available at the following address:

Using Internet Explorer:

Using a FileZilla client:

Username: vol3_en

Password: 34voL@en3

We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the development of this book; first of all, the scientists, authors of the chapters of course, but also the experts of the scientific committee for their inspection of the chapters and the corrections made. This project was carried out thanks to the support of IRSTEA (French Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture), IGN (French National Institute for Geographic and Forestry Information), CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) and CNES (French National Center for Space Studies).

We are very grateful to Airbus Defense and Space, CNES and Equipex Geosud for providing us with SPOT-5/6/7 images. Please note that these images may only be used in a research and training framework and any commercial activity based on the data provided is strictly prohibited.

Our thanks also go to our families for their support and to André Mariotti (Professor Emeritus, Pierre and Marie Curie University) and Pierrick Givone (President, IRSTEA) for their encouragement.


Clément MALLET

Mehrez ZRIBI