Civil servants undergo training in remote sensing technologies

POSTED: 02/13/12 7:36 PM
Claudius Buncamper (l) and other participants concentrate on the course material behind their lap tops. 

St. Maarten (Dcomm) – Last week 19 participants from government entities on Sint Maarten took part in part two of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Course for Infrastructure Management and Disaster Risk Reduction. In the group was one participant from Anguilla and one from the British Virgin Islands.

There has been a rapid growth in the use of digital spatial and temporal data in many aspects of disaster management. An example is preventive planning, response and recovery.

Section head of disaster management Paul Martens said the course was successfully concluded last week. “The aim was to provide both a theoretical understanding and a practical hands-on introduction to the use of GIS and remote sensing technologies for the analysis and solution of different infrastructure and disaster management problems,” Martens told the department of communication (Dcomm) on Sunday.

The first course on GIS and Remote Sensing was held in August of last year.

The local participants came from the fire department and the ministry of public housing, spatial development, environment and infrastructure.

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