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Using GIS and Remote Sensing to Improve Efficiency

April 1, 2005

Kentucky Division of Geographic Information

What is remote sensing and how can remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) add to Kentucky government's efficiency?  Remote sensing is the collection of information about the earth’s surface without being in contact with it.  To understand how remote sensing and GIS can add to Kentucky government's efficiency, attend an April workshop to increase your knowledge about the benefits of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS).  The workshops are hosted by the Commonwealth Office of Technology, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and the Kentucky Community Technical and College System.

These workshops will provide attendees with an overview of the basic concepts, techniques and data sources utilized in remote sensing and multi-spectral satellite and digital airborne imagery and change detection.  The workshops will also explain the methods, datasets and uses for the recently created National Landcover Dataset, Canopy Closure, Imperviousness and Kentucky Landcover Datasets. Topics include an introduction to remote sensing, remote sensing applications, remote sensing for homeland security, and an overview of the NASA program (Earth Science Enterprise) and the National States Geographic Information Council.

Data products from the Kentucky Landscape Snapshot project, a NASA-funded project, will be used as examples in this workshop for the participants to carry out some hands-on exercises.  The main goals of the Kentucky Landscape Snapshot are to gain a clearer picture of forest, urban, and rural landscape in Kentucky and to develop a digital snapshot of the commonwealth’s natural and man-made landscape as it is now and how land is being used from one time period to another – or change detection.

The dates and locations of the workshops are: 

  • April 8 - Jefferson Community College
  • April 15 - Madisonville Community College 
  • April 22 - Ashland Community and Technical College
  • April 28 - Somerset Community College

The workshop sponsors are:  Commonwealth Office of Technology, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky Office of Homeland Security , National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) , NASA Earth Science Enterprise, Kentucky Division of Geographic Information, Kentucky Department of Revenue, Kentucky Council on Post Secondary Education, Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts, Georgetown-Scott County Planning Commission, Kentucky League of Cities, Bluegrass Tomorrow, Kentucky Association of Counties, Kentucky Chapter of American Planning Association, Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals and PhotoScience, Inc.

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Find Out More

Online registration and information concerning the workshops can be found at http://kls.ky.gov/remotesensing  

The workshops are free and lunch will be provided.  For more information, contact:

Lynne O’Connor
Commonwealth Office of Technology 
Kentucky Division of Geographic Information
lynne.o’connor@ky.gov 
(502) 573-1453

 

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