Talking of Geospatial technology, we are referring to three independent but interrelated technologies (1) Geographic Information Systems, (2) Remote Sensing (through the use of aerial/satellite images or images captured through the use of drones) and (3) Global Positioning Systems including various mobile data capturing devices/approaches. GEADIRR do explore, uses and applies these technologies in supporting decision-makers towards effective and efficient decision making through the use of data.
A Geographic information system is a facility for preparing, presenting, and interpreting facts that pertain to the surface of the earth. This is a broad definition that can be applied to things ranging from hand-drawn maps to computer systems to groups of people and even to animals or plants (C. Dana Tomlin; GIS and cartographic modeling). Most often, however, a considerably narrower definition is employed. In common parlance, a geographic information systems or GIS is a configuration of computer hardware and software specifically designed for the acquisition, maintenance, and use of cartographic data.
A GIS requires data before performing analysis. This data can be acquired through two means, either through the use of field data collection mobile devices or through Remote sensing approach (the scanning of the earth by satellite or high-flying aircraft in order to obtain information about it without necessary having physical contact)
At GEADIRR, we employ these approaches in better understanding our terrains and perform field work planning in the different locations we work. GIS and Remote sensing have been used for capturing data in the field to analyze and present results.
Teaching of students, staff members from the government and NGOs including interns on the use of this approach has been part of GEADIRR activities over the years. Find out more