United Nations (U.N.) personnel recently learned to use Leica Geosystems’ ERDAS IMAGINE geographic imaging software to quickly process and analyze satellite imagery. The training will be used for various missions such as humanitarian aid, ecological monitoring and briefing various councils, including the U.N. Security Council.

U.N. Department of Public Information, Cartographic Section, the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the U.N. Monitoring and Verification Commission staff members took a modified version of the “Fundamentals of ERDAS IMAGINE” course from Leica Geosystems’ Education Services. The modified Fundamentals course introduced basic concepts of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as well as classification, orthorectification and image mosaicking capabilities of IMAGINE Essentials, IMAGINE Advantage and IMAGINE Professional, the three levels available in the ERDAS IMAGINE software suite.

The U.N. took advantage of Leica Geosystems’ Education Direct program, in which the course was customized to fit the organization’s specific needs and taught on-site at U.N. Headquarters (New York, New York, USA). The course was conducted in December 2002.

The U.N. has licenses for IMAGINE Advantage and IMAGINE Professional, as well as the IMAGINE VirtualGIS, IMAGINE OrthoBASE and IMAGINE OrthoBASE Pro add-on modules.