News and Activities


WebGIS projects are growing like "mushrooms"

WebGIS is a very handy and easy way to make geographic information and data available to the general public. The IMS-GIS data centre has been working a lot in the last months to prepare a series of WebGIS project in collaboration with various people and organisations. Currently there are two webGIS projects built for the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) project led by Amelie Auge' at SAERI. Then, another webGIS has been created to provide the most up-to-date and official information on protected areas in the South Atlantic UKOTs. Finally another project has been completed for the Falkland Islands Development Corporation. The goal of the project is to provide the local community with baseline layers to understand the available renewable energy resource at sites across the Falkland Islands. All the webproject are available online at the section called "WebGIS - list of projects".

More projects are on the pipeline both in the Falklands and in other UKOTs. Watch this space!!

Metadata catalogue update

The metadata catalogue has been update and more data from the Falklands and Tristan da Cunha have been added. Ascension and Saint Helena last updates are dated August and March 2016. Search and discover!! Furthermore, the data request form has been revised and the new version is now available at the same page of the metadata catalogue.

Important updates for researchers coming to the Falkland Islands - season 2016/2017

A series of documents that are of interest to researchers coming to carry out their environmental studies in the Falklands have been updated. Look for the: new research permit application form and guidence in the section entitled "For Researchers". In addition, a new document, namely the data submission agreement, has been prepared to regulate the submission of data by data providers to the IMS-GIS data centre in the Falklands.

All ready for the trip to Tristan da Cunha

A couple of days left in the Falklands and a bit more than week to go to Tristan da Cunha, the remotest inhabited island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Spending six weeks on the island is a privilege and it will be a unique experience. The centre would like to thank in advance Tristan da Cunha Administration for the opportunity given. We will try and make the most of it and ensure that the time spent in teaching GIS (QGIS) and some basic data management practice would be useful to the local community. We are looking forward to being there and meeting everyone. A blog about the time spent on Tristan will be posted once back to the Falkland Islands.

Christmas activities in South Georgia

A series of activities will be carried out in South Georgia across the Christmas period. A unique opportunity to visit another South Atlantic UKOT which was impossible to refuse. Leaving on the 15th of December and returning on the 4th of January the trip consists in providing assistance to the team involved in the long term monitoring projects of vegetation and burrowing birds; digitising the SGEBS habitat maps that are currently on paper format and validating them with some ground truthing; deploying settlement plates to monitor the spread of invasive non-native species; carry out a pathway analysis for marine invasion to provide useful information for the biosecurity plan. Details on the short but intense trip will be available on SAERI blog in january.

Learning Remote Sensing in Ascension Island

From the 5th to the 13th of November, the Ascension Island Government Conservation Centre (AIG CC) will host a training course in remote sensing as part of the capacity building supported by the Darwin Initiative project entitled “Mapping Ascension Island’s Terrestrial Ecosystem”. The course will be run by Dr Johanna Breyer, who works at Environment Systems in Aberystwyth, and has been contracted to support AIG CC in the delivery of the Darwin Initiative project. Environment Systems is a well-established consultancy company with years of experience in the field of remote sensing and GIS analyses. Participants will come from Saint Helena and the Falkland Islands. More about the outcomes in the SAERI blog page.