An application of problem and product ontologies for the revision of beach nourishments

D.E. van de Vlag, B. Vasseur, A. Stein, R. Jeansoulin

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An ontological approach in GIS serves as a framework for the conceptualization of processes in the real world. In this paper, we examine an application in coastal change in the Netherlands, whereby beaches are subject to artificial nourishment to offset the effect of severe erosion. The use of ontologies helps to define two scenarios: SI determined by the regulations from the Ministry for Public Works; SII grounded on the abilities from an existing spatial dataset. A comparison between SI and SII shows that 72.8% of the objects suitable and unsuitable for nourishment are correctly classified. A higher overlap is found in areas where actual beach nourishments were carried out. Inaccuracies in attributes influence the determination of the objects. A sensitivity analysis applied to altitude illustrates a significant increase of objects suitable for nourishment for both scenarios, when altitude is decreased within the lower limit of the root mean square error for the 95% confidence interval. Moreover, the sensitivity of altitude shows that artificial boundaries for beach nourishment objects are not reasonable and consequently should be treated as vague objects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057-1072
JournalInternational journal of geographical information science : IJGIS
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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