Seeing through the Trees: Monitoring Agriculture and Forestry with Satellite Imagery

There is a strong requirement for near real-time monitoring forests and crops in order to tackle the present challenges within agriculture and forestry. VHR satellite imagery provides a solution, and has already been used successfully in a number of projects. Agriculture provides us with food, fuel, fibres and raw materials that are imperative to our everyday lives. However, food security in the face of climate change continues to challenge us. Under the 2030 UN Agenda, the FAO has highlighted the need to invest in agriculture including crops, livestock, and forestry. The world’s population is rising and is expected to grow... (read more)
2020-10-30 02:50:37

Digital Intergeo 2020 Starts This Tuesday

From 13 to 15 October, the virtual doors to Intergeo 2020 will be open on www.intergeo.digital. This year, all the familiar ingredients of the annual Intergeo event will be available online: exhibitors, products, highlights, keynotes, networking and global matchmaking! Through the virtual ‘entry hall’, visitors can access all the areas: Discover, Learn, Connect and Conference. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all the essential elements of the live trade fair – the conference, exhibitor stands with various interaction options, stages, personal exchange, and areas for networking and getting to know each other – are this year being translated into... (read more)
2020-10-12 01:49:20

EuroGeographics Pledges Support for UN-GGIM Focus on Authoritative Geospatial Data

EuroGeographics has welcomed the intention of the UN-GGIM to focus on issues concerning authority, custodianship and legal issues for data for the public good. The association, which represents Europe’s National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities, has pledged to support the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Working Group on Legal and Policy Frameworks in its aim to better understand the definition and importance of authoritative data. It is also offering access to its extensive network to help gather examples of best practice and to facilitate information sharing. Awareness of the importance of good quality... (read more)
2020-09-09 09:23:08

Remotely Sensed Data for Efficient Data Collection

Taking a Closer Look at Impact from Hundreds of Kilometres above the Earth
When it comes to impact evaluations, remotely sensed data can increase their timeliness, accuracy and relevance for decision-makers. 3ie and New Light Technologies are enhancing the use of geospatial analysis in IEs. Impact evaluations (IEs) have been evolving to fill a critical gap in evidence about the effectiveness of international development programmes and interventions. Because of their ability to determine intervention effectiveness (and cost-effectiveness), the demand for and production of IEs has grown substantially in recent decades. Rigorous evaluation of development interventions and their outcomes has been a perennial challenge across multiple sectors and disciplines. Remotely sensed data allows to... (read more)
2020-07-17 02:25:39

EuroGeographics Highlights Role of Geospatial Information in European Data Strategy

In the context of the European Data Strategy, EuroGeographics has highlighted that high-value, authoritative geospatial datadata is a fundamental building block for digital transformation. High-value, authoritative geospatial data from official national sources has a significant role to play in the European Data Strategy. EuroGeographics, the not-for-profit membership association for Europe’s National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities, has highlighted that such data is ubiquitous across all the dataspaces and one of the basic building blocks for digital transformation. Mick Cory, secretary general and executive director of EuroGeographics said: “The value of data lies in its use and re-use. Making their... (read more)
2020-07-08 12:41:42

Ordnance Survey to Help Develop Geospatial Services Centre in Dubai

Ordnance Survey has entered into a contract to work with the Dubai Government in developing its geospatial capabilities. The landmark deal, a first for Ordnance Survey, will see Great Britain’s national mapping agency begin work with the Dubai Municipality to create a Geospatial Services Centre, which will support the Dubai Government across a wide range of activities. Ordnance Survey International Managing Director, Peter Hedlund said: “Great Britain is widely regarded as having one of the best, if not the best, geospatial infrastructures in the world that serves government, business and citizens, and the aim is for the Geospatial Services Centre... (read more)
2020-05-27 08:44:45

Valuation – Key to Transparency in Performance Measurement

FIG Commission 9
Valuation covers a wide range of assets classes and purposes. A valuation may be required to initiate a loan on a single residential home or for a complex infrastructure project that crosses international boards or possibly the estimate of value of a transport vehicle (lorry/bus/car) or a Rembrandt painting. All will require valuation for a variety of purposes from loan security, insurance, regulatory and financial reporting. It’s a great and exciting job being a valuer! Of course, you need specialist skills for the particular area of valuation work you are undertaking but the opportunities are unimaginable. Valuation is vitally important... (read more)
2020-05-12 10:31:54

Highlighting Spatial Planning and Development at FIG2020

Contributions to the Working Week from FIG commission 8
Spatial planning – the focus of commission 8 – is logically much related to the subtheme ‘integrated land and water management’ of the FIG Working Week 2020. From a planners’ perspective it is key to optimize the spatial allocation of various land use types. This applies to both land-based and water-based functions and activities. As such, spatial planning aims to balance the interests of various policy domains and stakeholders in pursue of an overall sustainable development. As land and water are a limited and often scarce resource, those interests may clash, and sometimes hard decisions have to be made. Based... (read more)
2020-05-12 10:08:59

Contribution of Hydrography towards Sustainable Water Management

FIG Commission 4: Hydrography
The 2019-2020 year has been a busy one with the Working Groups of Commission 4 focussing on representing FIG at a number of events and forum to gain insight to develops generally and also to deliver and present on the work of FIG. Through all its Working Group, Commission 4 has been actively involved in implementing its policy by working in close cooperation with relevant organisations and institutions. Altogether there are four (4) Working Groups for Commission 4 as listed below: WG 4.1 – Standards and Guidelines for Hydrography WG 4.2 – Blue Growth & UN Sustainable Development Goal 14... (read more)
2020-05-11 10:41:18

Smart Surveyors: Developments and Trends from the FIG Working Week 2020

Some of the challenges demanding innovative surveying approaches and technologies are rapid urban growth, smart energy, cleaner mobility, and ‘land rights for all’. Sensing technologies, spatial data processing methods, and related approaches are already available. However, the question is how to use and improve them to become future proof, smart surveyors? Only ten years left to achieve the SDGs for a sustainable future. How can smart surveying contribute? To answer these questions, the papers of the FIG proceedings were analysed by the author-team.In this short article, we present the main trends distilled and the papers we refer to, represent these... (read more)
2020-05-08 02:03:33
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