Protected destination systems (PDSs) are touristic spaces with two parts: a protected area and a gateway region where nature meets commerce. This article focuses on the social benefits of spatial planning and draws on remote sensing and GIS literatures highlighting social science, ecology and conservation, and parks and protected area applications. A conceptual framework is introduced for the multidisciplinary study of the human, artifactual (e.g., the built environment, laws, policies, and projects), and natural domains. Remote sensing tools that hold promise for PDS sustainability encompass diverse sensors and platforms that facilitate aerial photography, satellite, drone, smartphone, and related research activity.
Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences / Scott A. Elias (ed): pp.In press