Laboratories supporting education and research activities consist of the following:

  • Laboratory of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing supported by:
    • Automated Cartography Unit
    • Field Survey Unit
  • Forest Fire Wind Tunnel Simulator Laboratory
  • Mobile Unit for Field SPEctroradiometric Measurements (MUFSPEM@MED)

Laboratory of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing

The laboratory provides a computer network with a competitive hardware profile and renewable software accessible to each student. In this context postgraduate students develop ‘hands on’ skills in remote sensing and geographical information technology and analysis.

ArcGIS (ArcInfo, ArcView), ERDAS Imagine, ENVI, eCognition, GRASS, and IDRISI software modules, along with an extensive range of academic PC supporting software are also available.

The Information Systems and Technology team of MAICh supports the education and research activities on a daily basis through the deployment of modern network technology and expertise in Informatics.

Automated Cartography Unit

This unit is organized for capturing, processing, integrating, archiving and printing of raster, vector and other datasets It includes: 1 A0 Scanner, 1 A3 Scanner, one A0 Digitizer, one A3 Digitizer, one A0 HP Plotter, one Desk Trimmer, one HP CP1525DN color laser printer, 2 HP 2100 laser printers, one HP 2420 laser printer.

Field Survey Unit

This unit consists of the necessary equipment and tools to carry out field campaigns, such as: Differential GPS (single frequency) with sub-meter accuracy, Hand-held Hyperspectral Radiometer, Range Finder (Laser Hypsometer), Bark diameter (DBH), Compass, Video camera, Digital camera, Laptop and Pocket PC equipped with embedded GPS receiver and ArcPad.

Forest Fire Wind Tunnel Simulator Laboratory

The wind tunnel facility of MAICh was built in 1999 and is used in different research projects related to forest fires. It meets all the international specifications for simulated fire and wind experiments. The tunnel’s dimensions are: 10.3m length, 1.8m height and 1.6m width. The wind speed is adjustable at a range of 0.0-2.5m/sec by two ventilators (60cm diameter each) that regulate laminar air flow through suction. The wind tunnel was constructed with fire-proof materials and it is equipped with a data acquisition system with thermocouples connected to a computer, digital hotwire anemometer, digital video camera, hydrometers, thermometers and accessories.

Mobile Unit for Field SPEctroradiometric Measurements (MUFSPEM@MED)

MUFSPEM@MED is dedicated to study the spectral characteristics of Earth surface materials, and normalize the registered signal into a typical physical value for the specific material.

The Laboratory of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing is certified on the implementation of a Quality Management System according to the standards of ISO 9001:2008 for the provision of services on:

a) photointerpretation and processing of remote sensing data
b) their use for mapping and information collection
c) processing of aerial photographs through methods of photogrammetry
d) development and use of Geographic Information Systems.

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