2021 Pacific Islands GIS & RS User Intermediate Conference

Due to COVID-19 situation in 2020, the 2020 Pacific Islands GIS&RS User Conference will be postponed to November 2021. But we held an intermediate online and sit down event in February 2021

Dates: 23rd February 0900 – 1800 hours

             24th February  0800 – 1800 hours

Venue: USP ICT Conference Room and broadcast via Zoom.

If you are facing low bandwidth you can participate in any of the USP hubs. USP has its own cable and antenna link and the hubs link directly to the USP ICT Conference Room.

Conference Agenda

This is the Agenda for the 2021 Intermediate GIS&RS User Conference of February 2021.

TimeWindow Title Presenters Organisation
Tuesday 02.02.21   USP
09:00-09:10 Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Dr Masasso Paunga Masasso Paunga USP
09:10-09:20 History of PGRSC and the Conference Russell Howorth PGRSC
09:20-09:25 The Pacific Islands GIS and Remote Sensing User Conference in Vanuatu Arthur Faerua MIN. LANDS VU
09:25-09:30 Technical Overview Chair PGRSC Wolf Forstreuter PGRSC
09:30-10:00  --------------- Morning Coffee ---------------  -------------- --
10:00-10:20 Copernicus, the European Union Earth observation programme Astrid-Christina Koch COPERNICUS
10:20-10:40 ISPRS and its role during the current pandemic Christian Heipke ISPRS
10:40-11:00 NASA Support for Pacific island Countries Laura Lorenzoni NASA
11:00-11:20 Natural Disasters – the New Normal ? Rafael Kargren MAXAR
11:20-11:40 Solving the world’s problems using agile aerospace from Planet Tom Farrow PLANET
11:40-12:00 INSIGHT’s GIS&RS services supporting sustainable management of PICTs and its resources Sébastien Lagarde INSIGHT
12:00-13:00  --------------- Lunch---------------   -------------- --
13:00-13:20 Space-based technologies for strengthening disaster resilience in Small Island Development States –UN-SPIDER perspective and services Shirish Ravan UN-SPIDER
13:20-13:40 Analysis of shoreline changes on coral reef islands across the western equatorial Pacific using remotely sensed imagery. Meghna Sengupta UNI AUCKLAND
13:40-14:00 NASA Disasters Mapping Portal for Island Risk David Green NASA
14:00-14:20 Rockets, Satellites, Stars and Knowing Where You Are Peter Kinne GILMORE SPACE
14:20-14:40 ISPRS Technical Commission IV ‘Spatial Information Science’ in 2020 Sisi Zlatanova ISPRS
14:40-15:00 Regular multi-scale monitoring from space of Pacific Islands with [SECUREWATCH] [OVERWATCH] [RADARWATCH] [GLOBALWATCH] Rémi Andreoli BLUECHAM
15:00-15:20  --------------- Afternoon Coffee ---------------   --------------
15:20-15:40 Drone capture, mapping and Analysis – using technology to create and share useful drone products James Wright EAGLE
15:40-16:00 Automatic Detection of Optical Signatures within and around Floating Tonga-Fiji Pumice Rafts using MODIS VIIRS and OLCI satellite sensors Andra Whiteside UNI AIX-MARSEILLE
16:00-16:20 Remote Sensors for Drones – Technology advancements makes UAV LiDAR, Oblique and multispectral sensors affordable and available Richard Russell DRONE SERVICE
16:20-16:40 From the air to the ground, get a complete point cloud using YellowScan solutions Teresa Hong YellowScan
16:40-17:00 CommonSensing Solutions for Fiji Leba Gaunavinaka UNITAR
 Wednesday 03.02.21  USP
08:00-08:20 The Copernicus Support Office and the Relays/Academy Networks Silvia Corti COPERNICUS
08:20-08:40 Cloud free Sentinel Mosaics Irmgard Runkel GEOSYSTEMS
08:40-09:00 Sentinel 2 high-resolution satellite data analysis of the impact of rain on Laucala Bay and open ocean water quality. Cecile Dupouy IRD
09:00-09:20  Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: Improving Your Remote Sensing Projects Peter Corlett HEXAGON
09:20-10:40  --------------- Morning Coffee ---------------   -------------- --
10:40-11:00 Sentinel, Worldview and field assessments of Mangroves - get more out of your data by multiphase inventory methods Michael Köhl UNI-HAMBURG
11:00-11:20 USG climate fellow program in Costa Rica as an example of international technical assistance for REDD+ and Forest Inventory Assessments Randy Hamilton USFS
11:20-11:40 GIS/RS and Drones in the Fijian Forestry Sector, Developments, and Future Mohammed Shorab MSD-FORESTRY
11:40-12:00 Seeing the forest for the trees: advances in vegetation monitoring and carbon sequestration modelling using satellite imagery, Google Earth Engine and FullCAM Nicholas Metherall USP
12:00-12:20 40 Years Mangrove Development in Kiribati visible through Earth Observation Kataebati Bataua CONSULTANT
12:20-13:20  --------------- Lunch---------------   -------------- --
13:20-13:40 Activities of SIBA|GITA  (Title to be confirmed) Daniel Harvey SIBA|GITA
13:40-14:00 Global Mapping and Monitoring Effort Trough the Allen Coral Atlas Chris Roelfsema UNI-Queensland
14:00-14:20 Digital Atlas of Micronesia - Overview Maria Kottermair iREi
14:20-14:40 Mapping cultural narratives in the Pacific Talei Caucau USP
15:00-15:20 Harmonising incompatible datasets. Siu Jione UNI-LEEDS
15:20-15:40  --------------- Afternoon Coffee ---------------   -------------- --
15:40-16:00 Building a Resilient OpenStreetMap Community in Fiji Carrol Chan CONSULTANT
16:00-16:20 Valorization of historical aerial photography archives: from collection to use and sharing Yoann Roncin GOV-PF
*This year will be a little different being a virtual event but sharing GIS-RS is more important than ever!*
*This is a chance to share your research and accomplishments and inspire others to discover and use GIS-RS.*

Please contact viti2304@gmail.com or wolf.forstreuter@gmail.com for more information.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Cooperating Organisations


Since 2018, PGRSC is the Regional Member of ISPRS for the Pacific Island Countries.

Since 2020, PGRSC is member of the Copernicus Relay Network for the Pacific Region and highlights our local champions, coordinates and promotes activities around the Copernicus Programme, its benefits, and opportunities for local residents and businesses.

Why Attend?

The Pacific GIS & RS Conference is the largest opportunity for Pacific Island and related stakeholders to share experiences and knowledge in the development and use of GIS and Remote Sensing tools and products. Over 300 participants register each year and look forward to the range of presentations, workshops and social events.


Workshops are held at the end of the conference week by experts from across the Region and World. These workshops always prove to be a popular and important activity during the conference week. See the 2018 list here.