About GIC

 

Training on GIS
Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are tools that provide immeasurable advantage in investigation of living environment in timely and cost effective manner enabling appropriate measures in sustainable management of natural resources and minimizing the environmental degradation. Advancement of these technologies contribute to daily activities of human being bringing in new dimension to one or the other aspect of social and economical development of individuals and societies. Images that bring detail information of your neighbors’ backyard are delivered to your doorstep through very high-resolution remote sensing images taken few hundred kilometers away from earth surface. Current GPS system provides sub-meter accuracy in location information and it would be further developed
Remote Sensing data processing
to new era with upcoming positioning system from Russia and European Union augmenting present United States GPS. Integration of spatial data acquired from any source including current high-tech data generations methods or traditional data acquisition methods are supported by GIS systems enabling data integration in one hand and comprehensive data analysis capability as advance tools.

Recognizing the emerging importance of these technologies and the potential future demand for skilled professionals, GIS Application Center (GAC) was established in Asian Institute of Technology

MODIS Satellite image

(AIT) in 1995. It is a non-profit center for Training and Capacity building in Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS technologies within the Asia-Pacific region. The aim was to create an environement that would help the need of the region in term of short-term training courses that are tailored to address potential applications in the regions. The initial financial support was provided by UNEP/RRC-AP.

Field measurement in Cambodia

In 1997, a joint collaboration of the Asian Institute of Technology(AIT) with the Asian Association of Remote Sensing (AARS) saw the birth of its twin, the Asian Center for Research on Remote Sensing (ACRoRS) with a primary responsibility of carrying out Research and Consultancy works. Activities of this twin institutions or Center are synergistic and complementary. In the year 2004, these two centers were brought into one umbrella and named as Geoinformatics Center (GIC) of AIT. Geoinformatics Center is affiliated to Remote Sensing and GIS Field of Study.

WebGIS development for Data Sharing

Since the inception of the training center, more than 1,000 have been trained from the region with the support of various national and international agencies. Center serves the region with appropriate and timely training courses specifically designed for the needs of participants. Dedicated staff of the center watchful of events in the region and track the interests of donor agencies in helping the region in capacity building activities in Geoinformatics. Eighty percent of training courses have been conducted with donor support bringing in wealth of information and technical know-how to the region that wouldn't have reached the participants without the involvement of GIC. Center is dedicated to continued its effort in negotiating with donor agencis and delivering the best resources, information and technical know-how to deserving individuals and agencies, specifically in Asia-Pacific. Geoinformatics Center has undertaken a number of natural resources and environment related projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. It has carried out many training programs, workshops and conferences drawing participants from more than 25 countries within the Asia-Pacific Region.

GPS antenna

The Center is dedicating a significant part of its resources to promote location specific applied research. It endeavors to disseminate research finding to stockholders to ensure their use. Dedicate to continue receiving NOAA/MODIS satellite data for regional and global environmental research and development. Vision - to become a center of excellence in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

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