In part one of this article, we discussed the background to the DTI-funded NERVE (North East Regional Visualisation Environment) project. To summarise, its aim was to research methods of allowing regional organisations to share information in a variety of scenarios, in order to meet the demands of recent legislation, such as the Traffic Management Act and the Civil Contingency Bill, and initiatives such as INSPIRE and the DNF (Digital National Framework).
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data is providing valuable information about land use and the environment. With the arrival of new spacreborne and airborne platforms these applications are predicted to expand and grow. New processing software and techniques for SAR data are providing valuable information about weather related events, volcanic activity, seismic and subsidence activity as the list of applications grows.
The Tempus program stands for “changes in higher education through people to people cooperation”. The program funds cooperation projects in the areas of curriculum development and innovation, teacher training, university management, and structural reforms in higher education. It also facilitates mutual learning between regions and peoples and understanding between cultures by putting special emphasis on the mobility of academic and administrative staff from higher education institutions, both from the EU and the partner countries such as West Balkans.
Amnesty International recently launched Eyes on Darfur, an innovative and powerful website utilizing photographs and high-resolution satellite imagery to communicate the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. The satellite images track human rights violations before and after reported attacks, highlighting changes in homes and vegetation in villages throughout the region. While the images only track the change in landscape, the visible damage provides compelling evidence about the indisputable atrocities that are devastating this part of the world.
For many years individual regional organisations have independently created and maintained models of their areas of responsibility in order to support their core activities. Over 90% of data for organisations such as utilities, local government, emergency services and other regional agencies relates to a spatial location, and geographic information systems are now becoming central to most IT infrastructures.