|International Journal of Applied Information Systems
|Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
|Volume 5 - Number 2
|Year of Publication: 2013
|Authors: Mohammed Al-Ta'ee, Nidhal K. El-Omari, Sameh Ghwanmeh
Mohammed Al-Ta'ee, Nidhal K. El-Omari, Sameh Ghwanmeh . Innovative Study Utilizing EMIS in Supporting Participatory Urban Decision Making Process in Jordan. International Journal of Applied Information Systems. 5, 2 ( January 2013), 1-13. DOI=10.5120/ijais12-450693
The environmental system is distinguished in the balance among its elements (i. e. water, air and land) and it can adapt, within certain limits, with changes that may occur. But, life development, technological advancement and introduction of machines, chemicals, radio-active items, various sources of power generation, exhaustion of natural resources, occurrence of catastrophes due to human activities such as nuclear explosions in addition to the use of fertilizers and pesticides, all these lead to environmental disequilibrium and many environmental problems. So, environmental protection must be taken seriously in order to reduce these problems. It should be given top priority by the public and private sectors because each being has the right to live in a balanced, clean and pollution-free environment. Urban Decision Makers are seeking for environmental information that seems to be continually changing and expanding. Though, environmental management information system (EMIS) is the computer-based systems that support environmental management systems. The important component of environmental management can assist both environmental and non-environmental managers to fulfill their everyday jobs. In this paper, EMIS concept and its main components have been defined and explained. Additionally, the paper presents the role of EMIS as a tool to support Participatory Urban Decision Making Process. Moreover, the paper shows, the EMIS importance, by which the Jordanian environmental ministry can effectively concentrate on the spatial aspect of urban planning and management.