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EarthData Mobilizes to Begin Suriname Mapping Project

September 20, 2005
Products will lay the foundation for the country's Ground and Land Information System.

EarthData, Frederick, Md., will mobilize to Paramaribo this week to kick-off its recent $1.8 million contract award with the Government of Suriname for high-resolution geospatial data products and services. Flight crews will acquire color-infrared aerial photography over 3,615 square miles of the country's coastal plain where the majority of the population resides.

EarthData will use the resulting imagery to generate high-resolution orthophotography and digital elevation models. Photointerpretation training also will be provided to government employees for land-use and land-cover analysis.

"This project is the first step towards the completion of the country's ground and land information system [GLIS], which will greatly enhance our efforts to better control urban and rural land exploitation in Suriname," said Mr. Franco Demon, the country's former Secretary for Natural Resources, during a signing ceremony held in the capital city of Paramaribo last month.

With international business development as a top priority, EarthData's work on the Suriname project demonstrates the organization's commitment to this strategic goal. "We realize how important this project is for the GLIS program, and we are honored to contribute to its success with the creation of this foundation dataset," said EarthData CEO Anne Hale Miglarese.

Source: EarthData, September 19, 2005

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