The conference will focus on Pacific Geospatial Science and Remote Sensing.

According to Andrew Jones, Director of Geosins, Energy and Marine Affairs of the Pacific Community (SPC), the new digital land system will help Pacific Island countries meet the challenges of land surveying.

(Left) Pacific GIS and Remote Sensor Council Vice-Chairman Salote Viti and Chairman Wolf Forstreuter at the South Pacific Laulaka Campus on November 22, 2021.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Pacific, Paul Alualia, opened the two-day Pacific GIS and Remote Sensor (PGRSC) Virtual Conference in Vanuatu.

In his opening remarks, Professor Paul said, “GIS and remote surveys contribute to the resilience of developing small islands in the Pacific Ocean and help control their vulnerability.”

He said the university has expanded its undergraduate courses in geospatial science.

This includes additional terrestrial observation courses, including traditional high-resolution satellite data, drone images, radar images.

According to Andrew Jones, Director of Geosins, Energy and Marine Affairs of the Pacific Community (SPC), the new digital land system will help Pacific Island countries meet the challenges of land surveying.

He said the system has been able to collect free satellite data for the past 30 years to help countries on the island make informed decisions.

”[The system] “Every time a satellite passes, it will be used, so you will have access to up-to-date information,” Mr Jones said.

The Flag Program is led by the SPC and has been in close consultation with the Geospatial Community, Sector and Regional Ministries.

About the conference

The PGRSC Annual Conference provides a platform for users in the region and around the world to address and share the challenges of geography and distance surveying.

The conference was organized by PGRSC in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), USP and Open Street Map Fiji.

Event Sponsors in Vanuatu Ministry of Lands, Geology and Natural Resources; Maxx; SPC and Pacific Risk Information System; South Pacific Regional Environmental Program, Blueham; Lion One; Vodafone; Vanuatu – Department of Climate Change; Industry department; Department of Forest Development; National Bureau of Statistics; And Port Villa City Council.

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