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    Author(s): Michael Hatfield; A. J. LeRoy Balzer; Roger E. Nelson
    Date: 1979
    Source: In: Elsner, Gary H., and Richard C. Smardon, technical coordinators. 1979. Proceedings of our national landscape: a conference on applied techniques for analysis and management of the visual resource [Incline Village, Nev., April 23-25, 1979]. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-35. Berkeley, CA. Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Exp. Stn., Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: p. 323-327
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    A computer modeling technique is described for evaluating the visual impact of a proposed surface mine located within the viewshed of a national park. A computer algorithm analyzes digitized USGS baseline topography and identifies areas subject to surface disturbance visible from the park. Preliminary mine and reclamation plan information is used to describe how the surface disturbances will be sequenced over time. Data from revegetation plots incorporated into the model account for disturbed areas that are returned to the viewscape. These quantitative results are displayed on a computer—generated three—dimensional perspective. The need for further work, including qualitative evaluation is discussed.

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    Hatfield, Michael; LeRoy Balzer, A. J.; Nelson, Roger E. 1979. Computer-aided visual assessment in mine planning and design. In: Elsner, Gary H., and Richard C. Smardon, technical coordinators. 1979. Proceedings of our national landscape: a conference on applied techniques for analysis and management of the visual resource [Incline Village, Nev., April 23-25, 1979]. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-35. Berkeley, CA. Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Exp. Stn., Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: p. 323-327

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