GIS allows visualizing and analyzing mine action information (vector data) on maps and imagery (raster data). It has powerful tools for querying spatial data and is used worldwide by planning agencies, universities, corporations and anyone needing accurate geographic data.
At different levels of planning, management and operational activity, variety of details (scale, features of area etc.) is needed and it is conditioned by the availability of maps. In specific cases of summarized data maps play rather illustrative role. Along with the sketches developed and used at operational level, ANAMA’s GIS basically exploits 1:50000 and 1:25000 scales Azerbaijan topographic maps produced since 1990s are being used in digitalized and georeferenced form. Also some space (1m resolution) and aerial (up to 24cm resolution) orthophoto imagery available.
Space images can be used as reliable and most updated maps. Overlaying georeferenced hazardous areas onto the space image gives full advantage for leading the team to locate the right place, thus avoiding them to draw any other schematic maps. Also, using high resolution space imagery, we can identify features that have not been mapped and study spatial differences along several periods.
The high accuracy DGPS (up to 5 cm) allows us to collect accurate data during field measurements and to prepare the correct map for handover procedure.