Since the inception of Pacific GIS/RS User Conference in 1999, this annual event has attracted hundreds of participants from around the Pacific Islands and as far as the Americas. This year’s theme will be: empowering Pacific communities through improved geospatial data.
Each year the range of GIS/RS technologies presented cover an array of applications, including the management of resources of the small island Pacific nations. The conference will discuss current and upcoming trends in the geographic technology fields, such as LiDAR (light detection and ranging), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), recent progress in vegetation and land cover mapping, improvements in satellite technologies, applications in disaster reduction and climate change adaption, web mapping, and open source software.
Organisation of the Conference is voluntary and is overseen by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, University of the South Pacific and the Fiji Department of Lands. Financial contributions from various departments of the Fiji Government, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), satellite data and GIS/RS software vendors has allowed the participation of Pacific Island nationals and partners at the Conference.
The conference will run on 25-27 November 2014, in Suva, Fiji Islands. There will also be a ESRI user meeting on the 24th November, and a workshop (TBA) on 28th November.