Event Title: Development Information Workgroup Event: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Location: Winrock International,
Date: September 14, 2006
Number in Attendance: 45
Intern Attending: Kristin Broyhill
Speakers: Silvia Petrova and Sean Grimland of Winrock International
Geographers at Winrock demonstrated how GIS systems can help international development planning in such areas as resource management, urban planning and rural development.
GIS is an integrated system of hardware, software, data and trained persons which together combine data into assessable information systems that describe physical locations and their characteristics. One difficulty in producing systems is getting all of the necessary data.
Geospatial data sources include: CIESIN, USGS, NOAA, GLCF, ACASIAN
Geographical software includes: ArcGIS, MapInfo, IDRISI, Erdas Image, GRASS
GIS abilities include: input spatial data, manage attribute data, display data, explore data and analyze data.
Winrock’s projects using GIS include:
- USAID Carbon and Co-benefit Initiative where GIS is used to identify and demonstrate predictors of deforestation such as distance to populations and elevations.
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