GIS and Remote Sensing

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GIS is a computer system for collecting, storing and analysing geographical data. We specialise in digital mapping and spatial analysis; our server hosts one of the largest collections of digital spatial data in New Zealand. Access it here. You may view and download topographical maps, orthophotos and satellite imagery of New Zealand for presentations and assignments. The GIS laboratory has computers with high-end graphics cards as platforms for ArcGIS, ENVI, ERMapper and IDRISI Selva.

Remote sensing

Remote and proximal sensing are techniques for acquiring data. Everyone knows about Google Earth: we have been operating a similar website for two years longer, for New Zealand imagery and maps. Access it here. Satellite imagery of New Zealand is available to students and researchers for applications including coastal studies; monitoring volcanic eruptions; crop and pasture studies; forest management; land use change; and evaluating the impact of urban growth.

Proximal sensing

Closer to the ground, we operate a number of hand-held or 4WD-mounted sensors that collect hyperspectral and multispectral data. Most notable are the ASD FieldSpec Pro and the ASD Handheld 2.


We have expertise in deploying radio-controlled, multi-rotor helicopters (unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs) carrying cameras and multispectral sensors to provide high-resolution data for new research initiatives.


Mike Tuohy or Matt Irwin.


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