Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (376 KB bytes)

Title: Bringing Technology to the Resource Manager ... and Not the Reverse

Author: Schmoldt, Daniel L.;

Date: 1992

Source: Proceedings, ASPRS/ACSM/RT 92 Technical Papers. pp. 62-75.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Many natural resource managers envision their jobs as pressed between the resources that they have a mandate to manage and the technological aides that are essential tools to conduct those management activities. On the one hand, managers are straining to understand an extremely complex array of natural systems and the management pressures placed on those systems. Then, at the same time, managers are expected to perform their management tasks using tools that few individuals understand well enough to apply to their fullest advantage. We need to provide resource managers with technologies that operate intuitively and are well-adapted for natural resource problems. To do this, we must deliver technology to managers in a manner that integrates the technology almost seamlessly with managersâ ways of thinking and performing their work. Unfortunately, it has been the historical pattern to ask, instead, that managers conform to the technology. This mechanocentric attitude is counter-productive. Innovations in human-machine interfaces are essential ãtranslatorsä between managers and management tools. Recent work in the areas of visualization, virtual reality, spatial data management, and intelligent systems will enable us to lay existing technologies right into the hands of managers, rather than drop those technologies at their feet.

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)



Schmoldt, Daniel L. 1992. Bringing Technology to the Resource Manager ... and Not the Reverse. Proceedings, ASPRS/ACSM/RT 92 Technical Papers. pp. 62-75.


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.