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Improving GIS systems pushed

Wednesday January 02, 2013 Written by Published in Technology

More than 150 delegates from around the world will meet in Suva next week to participate in a geographic information system conference to explore developments.

The 2012 Pacific island countries geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) user conference has chosen ‘Mapping Pacific Resources’ as its theme.

The theme choice is an endorsement of the work undertaken in the region, including the management of resources of the small island Pacific nations.

GIS is a computer-based tool used to collect, combine and overlay information in the form of easily understood maps constructed from up-to-date satellite images and field data.

Remote sensing is the collection of information about earth at a distance from aircraft or satellite.

SPC/SOPAC division senior officer Wolf Forestrueter said the technology “is already influencing the way we live our lives”.

“The public might be more familiar with results closer to home where many smart phone applications and social media tools combine data with maps to deliver unique new services to consumers, Google Earth is an example,” said Forestrueter.

“The GIS technology is already being used to map landslides, detect vegetation change, map town boundaries, map impacts of sea level rise.

“It has proven useful in helping utilities and transportation better define their resources.”

The four-day conference will feature GIS and remote sensing scientists and technicians to explore developments and how they could improve the lives of the people in region.

The conference begins on November 27.

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