A cross-territory biosecurity workshop, promoted by JNCC and hosted by Ascension Island Government, took place in Ascension Island for a week in the middle of August. It was an opportunity for the IMS-GIS data centre to present two collaborative works carried out with the Marine Spatial Planning project leader, Amelie' Auge', and with the Falkland Islands Biosecurity officer, James Ross.
The former work demonstrated how QGIS was used to assess the risk of having non native species introduced and then diffused in the inshore waters of the Falklands from biofouling (represented by the AIS data on vessels distribution and movement). In parallel, QGIS helped in deriving the environmental sensitivity map. Both assessments were feasible thanks to key data collected through the Marine Spatial Planning process. Here the blog which provides more details about the GIS analyses.
The latter work illustrated the fist example of webGIS service for the local community. The interactive map has been realised to complete the new online bugs database run by the Department of Agriculture. It was developed thanks to the help received by Synergy Information Systems that operates in the Falklands as governmental IT support company.