Considering all the importance of Remote Sensing and GIS in the field of biodiversity conservation and planning, the Geo-spatial Technology Application Division(GTAD) was introduced at Aaranyak in the year, 2004. Since then the Divisionhas been continuously managing and integrating spatial and non-spatial data that are related with mainly biodiversity characteristics of North East India. Till now the unit has prepared different thematic maps of Assam in particular and other North Eastern States as a whole. Under this initiative effort is on towards creating a complete GIS database of the protected areas of Assam and North East India. In this regard, the unit has already developed GIS database for several reserved forests, wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks of Assam.
The Geospatial Technology Application Division(GTAD) of Aaranyak has giving priorities on:
- Mapping of elephant corridors and elephant depredation areas of Assam.
- Analysis of land use land cover pattern of protected areas of Assam.
- Identification of Rhino stray routs from protected areas using GPS and GIS.
- Change detection of forest cover at landscape level.
- Database creation for protected areas of Assam and other states of North East India.
- Support to Govt. Departments through providing maps and other geo related information.
- Remote Sensing and GIS training for young conservationist of the North Eastern region of India.
Training and Capicity Building
The Remote Sensing and GIS Unit of Aaranyak has organized a series of trainings on "Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in various field". The main intention of this kind of training Divisionis to make people aware about the recent technology of Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS application in earth resource survey and conservation of biological diversity in this region (North East India).