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UN Environment Atlas

29/01/2008

The developments in space technology and its applications during the last three decades have provided important tools for environmental planning,

management and policy formulation. However, providing this complex information to decision-makers in a timely and understandable format has been a daunting challenge.

GRID-Sioux Falls is very active in the development and design of scientifically credible products in a timely manner to support decision-making in areas where the international community is actively engaged, such as the Great Lakes region of Africa and the Mesopotamia Marshlands. The programme has also facilitated the flow of developing country data to the North American scientific community and vice versa. It is in the forefront of providing information technology tools -- remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data management and advanced Internet technologies, to address sustainable development issues.

GRID-Sioux Falls has an aggressive effort to contribute to the building of new data sets that are relevant to both the developed and developing world. For example, GRID-Sioux Falls is working with a number of agencies around the world to build a global land cover characteristics data base from 1-km Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) imagery, digital elevation, global watershed database, global population data, and other source materials.

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