ISSN 2070-7401 (Print), ISSN 2411-0280 (Online)
Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2020, Vol. 17, No. 5, pp. 9-20

A survey on the use of GIS and remote sensing for sustainable forestry and ecology in Russia and China

E.A. Kurbanov 1 , O.N. Vorobiev 1 , J. Sha 2 , X. Li 2 , I. Gitas 3 , C. Minakou 3 , A.K. Gabdelkhakov 4 , M.V. Martynova 4 
1 Volga State University of Technology, Center of Sustainable Forest Management and Remote Sensing, Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
2 Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China
3 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
4 Bashkir State Agrarian University, Ufa, Russia
Accepted: 15.10.2020
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2020-17-5-9-20
There is an increasing international trend towards using powerful geospatial technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS — Earth observation data) (GIS&RS) in various applications. The Erasmus+ SUFOGIS project proposes a “knowledge-competence-skills based” innovative approach that is being developed in close collaboration between Russian, Chinese and EU partners. This paper focuses on a comparative analysis of the findings of two separate national surveys conducted by SUFOGIS partners in Russia and China, on the uptake and use of GIS&RS in the fields of forestry and ecology. From the analysis of the questionnaires and considering the type of institution from which the respondents come from, two main categories were identified: academic institutions (universities, colleges and research institutes) and companies (governmental and private). The results of the survey clearly demonstrate widespread use of GIS&RS in both non-EU countries and relatively high rate of expertise of the respondents. However, it was also found that there is still significant room for improvement in the use of GIS&RS in both countries. Examples are exploration of their integration into even more forestry and ecology applications as well as training of staff on advanced and specialized topics.
Keywords: GIS, remote sensing, forestry, survey, environment, Erasmus+, Russia, China
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