Contribution to Book
McHarg's "Design With Nature" was a precursor of the layer model in modern geographic information systems. We are reviewing the layer overlay approach from a geospatial data infrastructure (GDI) perspective and experiment with weighted map overlay using Web map services. A case study for natural hazard risk assessment for Southern Quebec illustrates this visual approach to multi-criteria analysis using online mapping. We conclude with a call for more research on thematic mapping and its use for decision support within GDIs.
C. Rinner, M. Düren (2011) Design With Nature 2.0 – A Geodata Infrastructure Approach to Map Overlay. In A. Schwering, E. Pebeszma, K. Behncke: Geoinformatik 2011 – Geochange. ifgiPrints No. 41, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 21-28