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IMN - Indigenous Remote Sensing Collaborative

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Website Description: The Indigenous Remote Sensing Collaborative (IRSC) is a new initiative, founded by Indigenous Mapping Network (IMN). The purpose of IRSC is to increase awareness of community remote sensing as a tool for serving the needs of indigenous peoples.  Community remote sensing can help indigenous peoples manage and preserve the resources of their local environment.  It also presents a means for indigenous peoples, with limited academic and financial resources, to contribute their local environmental knowledge as part of the formal scientific understanding of the Earth. IRSC will promote and document contributions of indigenous peoples in these two key areas.

To do this, it will solicit, select, and guide projects that demonstrate ways in which indigenous communities can perform and participate in community remote sensing.  These may include efforts as simple as creating photographic records that formally document local environmental change or as sophisticated as validating satellite imagery to help ensure global environmental analyses accurately reflect the actual environment at local scales.  IRSC will work with indigenous communities to help define appropriate project proposals and to ensure the success of selected projects.  During the coming year, it will also work with IGARSS to promote selected projects on the IGARSS website, create collaborations with related IGARSS projects, and enable participation in the IGARSS conference.

This project is directly associated with the following:Programs
Indigenous Mapping Network
The Indigenous Mapping Network’s (IMN) mission is to empower native communities by connecting them with the tools they need to…

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