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STAR 2011

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE STAR* SESSION 2011

The 2011 STAR (SOPAC's Science, Technology and Resources Network) Conference will be held in Nadi, Fiji from October 16th to 22nd, preceding the First SOPAC/SPC Division Meeting chaired by the Government of the Cook Islands. The overall theme of the Conference will be “Adaption to Climate Change and Environmental Change in the Pacific Islands”. As part of the meeting, a one-day joint STAR-Circum Pacific Council session on Seabed Minerals will be held on Monday 17th.

As is usual, papers on any theme related to Pacific geoscience in the region are welcomed and will be included in the STAR Programme if possible. All delegates are invited to make STAR presentations and also to participate in the STAR Working Groups which allow discussion of specialist topics and issues important to the region. It is the responsibility of the STAR Chair to formally report to the SPC/SOPAC Division Meeting on the STAR presentations in so far as they indicate new science and technical directions or have implications for the work of the SOPAC Division.

Those delegates who wish to make a presentation should indicate their intention on the Registration Form. Details of STAR themes and guidelines and working groups for the submission of STAR abstracts are available as a separate circular from the Chair of STAR, John Collen ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Abstracts should be sent by email in Word format to John Collen no later than 12th September 2011.

Space will be provided for poster displays, maps and other material relevant to the SOPAC Division's Work Programme. Slide and overhead projection facilities will be available for STAR presentations. Daily sessions will be held during the hours 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 17:30. Time will be made available in the evenings for presentations that may be longer than can be fitted into the main programme, or are on topics not directly related to the SOPAC Division's Work Programme.

A STAR Abstracts volume will be provided to all delegates at the start of the meeting.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:49  

Newsflash

“Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing is one of the fastest developing technologies no matter whether you are a provider, and developer or a user. And here in the region and for the benefit of Pacific island countries and territories we are all striving to stay at the ‘cutting edge of the technology.’  In this regard the theme of this Conference focusing on mapping Pacific resources is very timely”, said Dr. Russell Howorth, Director, SOPAC Division of SPC, in the opening keynote at the Pacific GIS/RS User Conference held at Suva last week.

The growing impact of GIS and Remote Sensing was very much evident by the record number of attendees and presentations at the conference. Around 300 participants, from the around the Pacific Region convened for the three and half days of presentations, workshops and discussions.

Current and upcoming trends in the geospatial fields such as LiDAR (light detection and ranging) Imagery, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), recent progress in vegetation and land cover mapping, improvements in satellite technologies, imagery classification and open source software were heavily covered during the conference.

The conference has been held annually in Suva for the Pacific region since 1999, is free to attend and jointly organized by Secretariat of the Pacific Community, University of the South Pacific, various departments of the Fiji Government, with support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), satellite data and GIS software companies.