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The use of spatial analysis at the World Bank (Inglês)

Spatial analysis is the use of models that quantify the interactions of behavioral, biological, and physical relationships using spatial data. The purpose of this paper is to highlight examples of spatial analysis carried out at the Bank and to describe how some recent advances in these techniques are being utilized in several on-going projects. After a brief introduction to spatial data and spatial analysis, the paper provides short descriptions of eight examples of spatial analysis carried out at the Bank. Next, it discusses three larger modeling efforts designed to produce decision support systems that include a spatial component - RAINS-ASIA (Regional Air Pollution Informtion System for Asia), DSS/IPC (Decision Support System for Industrial Pollution), and MEDUSA (Multi-objective environmentally-sustainable development Using Systems Analysis). In the final section, it discusses ways to improve the contribution of spatial analysis to Bank operations focusing on trends in data collection, data management, and analytical techniques.

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