12th November, 2013 – Around 150 Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS) users and stakeholders from around the Pacific region will gather in Suva next week for the 2013 Pacific GIS/RS User Conference. The Conference runs from Monday 18th November to Friday 22nd November.
This year’s theme of the conference is “Connecting the Pacific with Maps”. Cutting edge advancements in GIS/RS technologies will be presented and discussed in-depth as well as an array of applications including the management of resources in 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. Whereas, remote sensing is the collection of information from afar using sensors on aircraft, satellites, ships and other vessels. Together, the two can be used to make critical decisions about the physical and built environment.
The conference will be opened by Professor Michael Petterson, Director of Applied GeoScience and Technology Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
“SPC recognises the power and versatility of GIS and its ability to combine, synthesise, model and present disparate geographical data sets. The demand for GIS and its applications to Pacific Development grows year on year. In a similar vein satellite and airborne data improves in quality and resolution at a frightening pace. The increasing usage of this powerful imagery and data allows rapid and accurate assessments of resources, land use, and environmental issues as never before. SPC is proud to be part of such a modern and forward looking meeting and welcomes all delegates to come and assiste with the Pacific development agenda”, Professor Petterson commented.
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Dates: November 18- 22, 2013
Venue: Hotel Novotel, Lami
City/Country: Suva, Fiji
If you would like to make a presentation, please tick the “Presenting” box and include the title of your presentation. We would like to receive abstracts as soon as possible so that it can be uploaded to the conference website.
For those who are travelling from overseas or outside Suva and would like to stay at the Hotel Novotel – Lami, please send an email to email@example.com to receive further information on the special rate that is offered.
Sponsorship is still open to anyone who would like to make a contribution.
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