Resource Centers - Asia
Bangladesh IDRISI Resource Center
University of Rajshahi
Institute of Environmental Science
The Institute of Environmental Science does research in environmental change with special attention to land change and prediction in the Sundarban mangrove forest area. IDRISI is incorporated into all levels of the curriculum.
China IDRISI Resource Center
Contact: Xue Ping Liu
The Resource Center in China was founded in September 2003 and is involved in teaching and research with IDRISI. Courses are held on the principles of remote sensing and image interpretation, GIS and spatial analysis. Training sessions are also offered.
Current research projects include landslide risk level estimation using GIS and logistic regression, environmental impact evaluation of the abandoned mines of Dalian City and Guan Xi, and remote sensing for other ecological and environmental applications.
India IDRISI Resource Center
Contact: Dr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy
The Indian IRC, ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment), was established in 1996 to combine principles of natural and social sciences to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable development in India. With a network of four offices and several field stations, ATREE seeks to develop India’s social and human capital to address environmental issues at the local, regional and national levels.
The Eco-informatics Centre (www.ecoinfoindia.org) and the Landscape Ecology and Watershed Hydrology group at ATREE, Bangalore, work on the development and dissemination of new tools, techniques and value-added datasets for direct application by researchers, resource managers and conservation professionals. There is a strong focus on the incorporation of relevant ecological, biophysical and socio-economic information, particularly in the form of spatial datasets and analysis. These two groups also work to build capacity in the fields of eco-informatics and landscape ecology in India by holding short courses and training workshops.
Current activities/offerings include short courses on GIS and remote sensing applications in landscape ecology, training workshops, introductory and advanced courses in landscape ecology in the Master’s program in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, and technical assistance.