Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Dynamic Panoramic is a column by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial. Mr. Stojic is a renowned geospatial industry expert who shares his insights into how geospatial information is increasingly being used to drive critical decisions in organizations of all sizes.
Tracking Environmental Change in Europe
October 31st, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Major advances involving the use of geographic solutions to enhance environmental management are occurring. More than ever, modern technologies and applications in remote sensing enable even deeper levels of information to be extracted and exploited. Intergraph provides modern and effective tools to reveal information that is crucial to managing the environment, and also robust systems for the management and dissemination of that information.
Earlier this year, Intergraph, along with Greek channel partner Geosystems Hellas S.A., participated in the First International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment. This conference brought together scientists, researchers, industry members and students to discuss emerging issues in remote sensing and geo-information of the environment.
The Kouri forest has been characterized as a biogenetic reserve by UNESCO, which demonstrates the importance of its existence of both ecological and aesthetic aspect. A thorough survey and a photogrammetric process resulted in the creation of contours and other terrain outputs, lending to deep study of the area. This study was not only useful for examination of the Kouri forest, but also may provide guidelines for what can be done in other forests as well. Photogrammetry and GIS can be used in surveying natural areas that are under special protection. Safeguarding ecologically important areas in today’s heavily changing world requires highly-accurate digital surveying, and also includes the use of digital terrain modeling through photogrammetry. The application of modern digital technology in data acquisition can produce the highest quality survey. Ultimately this can result in better change detection and decision–making across several alternatives.
Water resource management is a comprehensive planning process that requires strategic design and vision. In the effort to keep citizens safe, the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) has turned its focus to civil protection from water pollution events. To be successful at this this, they require reliable and continuous water monitoring and collection of qualitative information in order to support decision-making. A current study initiates the coupling of water quality/quantity monitoring techniques and telemetric systems, with GIS-based map server technologies to provide near real-time warning about potential water pollution events. The study is being implemented in the Greek part of the Nestos river basin, and is an extension of the Bulgarian and Greek European Territorial Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. The aim of this partnership is to develop an operational supportive mechanism for the Competent Authorities of water management in both countries, with the goal to facilitate the planning and implementation of sustainable water management along with civil protection. An objective of the project is development of an integrated application portal for the dissemination of spatial information relating to the environment, for the Nestos River Basin.
Intergraph and Geosystems Hellas S.A. presented three papers at the event. To gain access to papers on presented at the conference, please click below:
(1) Use of Photogrammetry and GIS in the Survey of Natural Areas of Special Protection (Case Study of Aesthetic Forest Kouri Almyrou Magnisias)
(2) Development of an Integrated Application Portal for Environmental Spatial Information Dissemination in The Nestos River Basin
(3) Intergraph Video & Images Exploitation Capabilities