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Geomatics Unit

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What Do We Do

This Unit deals mainly with the generation, analysis and management of spatial information and provides support for research staff through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies.

Geographic Information Systems

GIS is a tool that manages, analyzes, and models data from the environment so that informed decisions are made to better conserve natural resources and protect biodiversity. GIS technology plays an important role in the support and delivery of information to environmental managers and the public.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at IMA is used to provide data and/or services such as:

  • Topographic Maps: Simple images (JPG/GIF) or geo-referenced images (TIFF, DWG/DXF) which may be used as overlays or which can reproduce useful posters or charts
  • Feature Datasets: Coverage of spatial data where the majority of the datasets are in ARC/INFO (E00), SHP, DLG, TIGER & DEM
  • Satellite Imagery: Customizable satellite imagery through IMA’s Remote Sensing Station
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Cartography
  • Mobile Mapping/Field GIS
  • Web-Based GIS

Our Projects

There has been a wide variety of projects conducted by the IMA in which GIS has played a significant role. These projects have ranged in scope and focus centering on issues such as marine pollution to coastal conservation to fisheries management. The on-going projects which incorporate GIS include:

  1. An Economic Valuation of Coral Reefs in Tobago
  2. Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution (as defined and outlined by the Cartagena Convention)
  3. Fish Kills Incidents/Reporting
  4. Oil Spill Contingency Planning: Redefining ESIs
  5. Incident Coastal Planning/Development
  6. Caribbean Marine Atlas