Wednesday, November 08, 2006

An overview of SPRING

SPRING is a state-of-the-art GIS and remote sensing image processing system with an object-oriented data model which provides for the integration of raster and vector data representations in a single environment. SPRING is a product of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE/DPI (Image Processing Division) with assistance from other natural resource agencies within Brazil.

It supports both raster and vector data geometries and integration of remote sensing data into a GIS, with functions for image processing, digital terrain modelling, spatial analysis and data base query and manipulation.

SPRING is free and may be downloaded from the INPE website; new versions with improvements and corrections are released periodically.

During the just concluded ACTO/Pan-Amazonian II Seminar held at INPE, SPRING was used to identify deforested areas within the South American Amazon. Countries from the South American continent were invitied to share the experience of using SPRING and a complement of free remote sensing data courtesy of the Brazilian/Chinese Government, as a monitoring tool for the Amazon Land Cover. Proceedings and other information of the Pan-Amazonian II Seminar can be found at

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