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Satellite imagery for geology studies in Cuba

Cuba: Researchers at Institute of Geology and Paleontology of Cuba (IGP) are using satellite images to support the study of Cuban geological characteristics. According to IGP researcher Virginia Acosta, they are using geographic information programmes and remote sensors to visualise rocks and minerals in different places. They have a bank of aerial images on different scales for processing information.

Enrique Castellanos, Director of IGP, explained that the geographic information programmes allow observing large areas from space without needing a person to handle the equipment, and thus, it is possible to save resources in multi-temporal studies.

Cuba began to process satellite images since the 1980’s, when it participated actively in the Intercosmos spatial programme for the search of new mineral deposits and geological mapping, and for environmental studies.

Source: Cuban Daily News