IGARSS is a premier event in remote sensing and provides an ideal forum for obtaining up-to-date information about the latest developments, exchanging ideas, identifying future trends and making networking with the international geoscience and remote sensing community. Hosted by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2020) will be held Saturday, September 26 through Friday, October 2, 2020 in a virtual setting. The main theme of the 2020 symposium is “Remote Sensing: Global Perspectives for Local Solutions”.
Currently, most of the open source applications available for field data collection with mobile devices are developed to work exclusively on Android systems and therefore, for IOS users, the choice is extremely limited and the available applications do not always offer easy-to-use interfaces. and intuitive. Furthermore, choosing an application for IOS or Android implies that it is not possible to involve users of one and the other system at the same time.
The courses (in Italian), organised by COSPE School and ONG 2.0, two outstanding realities in Italy for training in international and non-profit cooperation, consist of two modules, that can also be attended separately, where participants will acquire the necessary skills to be able to professionally use GIS tools focusing on their use in development cooperation activities environments.
The GIS has now become an essential tool for those working in the field of international cooperation and even more so in the field of humanitarian mapping. In this course, in which only open source software will be used to ensure the full sustainability of the proposed solutions, the main methodologies of GIS territorial analysis will be illustrated in order to provide rapid and easily understandable answers and information both to project partners. and to decision makers in the form of maps and online products such as webGIS.
The possibility to provide and share a quick answer to the increasing humanitarian emergency events, as well as to support local economic development, is strictly linked to the availability of detailed and frequently updated geographic data. Over the last few years, Humanitarian Mapping has developed many powerful and accessible tools due also to the confirmation of open source philosophy; these tools have a user friendly interface and are deeply related with OpenStreetMap that represents the most important and shared worldwide geographic information database.
Three new COSPE courses on Geomatics as a tool to support International Development Cooperation projects.
Thanks to the continuous increase in the availability of open source software and open data, the various components of geomatics, such as GIS and satellite data, are increasingly used also in international cooperation projects to provide tools to support decision makers in multiple sectors in the socio-economic, environmental, rural development, health and in any sector where there is a geographical territorial component.
From 1 December 2020 I will start a new collaboration with the Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” IFAC – CNR in Florence within the framework of the OptiMed-Water project, “Forstering sustainable water management for the economic growth and sustainability of the Mediterranean region” for the following topic: “Collection and processing of SAR and multi / hyperspectral data of soil and vegetation with satellite sensors on the Project test areas. Implementation of algorithms for the estimation of soil and vegetation parameters from satellite data.
In the frame of the consultancy service for the “preparation of GIS maps and cartographic atlas for the Governorates of Fayoum, Minya and Matrouh to support the monitoring and evaluation of the program”, of the European Union Joint Rural Development Program (EU-JRDP) in Egypt, I will collaborate with the company Agristudio srl of Florence as GIS Coordinator.
The CEFA MaTerrE (Marketing Territorial pour l’emploi) project has as its intervention area north-western Tunisia, a region characterized by a high rate of unemployment, and with sectors with great potential, namely agriculture, tourism, crafts, not yet adequately exploited . CEFA’s action aims to create employment opportunities for the most excluded people, through alternative, responsible and supportive tourism; also strengthening endogenous economic practices, increasing the capacity of the population and improving the profitability of community tourism and agricultural and artisanal production.