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Aerial mapping of Tonga to check sea level rise

Aerial mapping of Tonga to check sea level rise

Updated 26 February 2013, 9:46 AEST

A project to map the topography of Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Samoa to plan for rising sea level has begun.

Using laser equipment, a 3D map of the islands is created showing ground elevation, vegetation, canopy height and building placement.

The second aspect to the project is training locals in how to monitor the changes in sea level.

Dr Nathan Quadros is the technical advisor from the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information and he says about his recent trip to Tonga, training in IT and will allow locals to monitor changes in the environment.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Dr Nathan Quadros, technical advisor, Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, Melbourne

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