Free open source geospatial tools for improving natural resource management

Norman Plb Riwo Kaho, Iradaf Mandaya, Sarah Hobgen

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Sustainable natural resource management, requires spatial land resource data. Since decentralization of governance occurred in Indonesia, financial and human capacity for natural resource mapping, monitoring and modelling remains low in Regencial and Provincial governments. This presentation demonstrates new opportunities provided by the increasing availability of free satellite imagery, digital elevation data and open source spatial analysis software for local government and NGOs to conduct sophisticated natural resource mapping and modelling in a way that meets their needs and incorporates local knowledge. To improve the skills of natural resource managers, remote sensing, terrain analysis and GIS skills need to be taught in universities using free open source software. New Indonesian language training materials provide the missing link for training of local government officers (see Reported are cases of local researchers trained in GIS and remote sensing applying free geospatial data and tools in eastern Indonesia with a particular focus on raster data applications for satellite image analysis and DEM terrain modelling.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 International Symposium on Geoinformatics, ISyG 2017
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781538616833
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2018
Event2017 International Symposium on Geoinformatics, ISyG 2017 - Malang, Indonesia
Duration: 24 Nov 201725 Nov 2017


Conference2017 International Symposium on Geoinformatics, ISyG 2017


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