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IMSMA GIS Functionality

IMSMA GIS functionality is a custom version of ArcView optimized by IMSMA designers for mine action. ArcView is a well-known desktop GIS, developed by ESRI (Redlands, California). It 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 all over the world by planning agencies, universities, corporations and any needing accurate geographical 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 scale Azerbaijan topographic maps produced since 1990s are being used in digitalized and georeferenced form. Also some space (1m resolution) and aerial (upto 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. High accuracy embedded in space imagery provides full consistency in accordance with GPS applications in mine field explorations.

So, using high resolution space imagery, we can identify features that have not been mapped and study spatial differences along several periods. Very high resolution space imagery allows interpreting the landscape, locating any feature (village, house, road etc), drawing a suspected minefield and computing areas.