Intergraph Supports Disaster Response in Wake of Devastating Fires in Greece

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 25, 2012

Geosystems Hellas S.A., its authorized geospatial distributor in Greece and Cyprus, has provided solutions to WWF Hellas to support relief efforts in the National Forest of Dadia. Last summer, devastating fires took place in the National Forest of Dadia, located in the Northeast region of Greece.

The National Forest of Dadia is situated near the junction of Europe and Asia. This area includes many species of flora and fauna of the Balkan Peninsula. The National Forest is located along one of the most important migration routes for birds, making it a key region in Europe cohabitated by many different species of birds of prey.

For more than 20 years, WWF Hellas has been mapping and monitoring the National Forest of Dadia. Recently, Geosystems Hellas S.A. provided imagery and software to WWF Hellas, leveraging ERDAS IMAGINE and LPS for orthorectification, image exploitation, object-oriented classification, land cover mapping and species recording. With ERDAS IMAGINE, users can perform advanced remote sensing analysis and spatial modeling to create new information. ERDAS IMAGINE also provides tools for visualizing results in 2D, 3D, movies and on cartographic quality map compositions. LPS is a complete suite of photogrammetric production tools for triangulation, generating terrain models, producing orthomosaics and extracting 3D features.

"Last summer, the fires in the National Forest of Dadia devastated a well-known area for nature and bird enthusiasts," said Betty Charalampopoulou, CEO of Geosystems Hellas S.A. "As such, it was a privilege for us to provide geospatial solutions that will aid in restoring this national treasure."

With Intergraph's geospatial software, WWF is able to accurately monitor the National Forest of Dadia with a special interest in the area affected by the recent fires (also home to rare birds of prey). The maps provided by Geosystems Hellas covered the entire area of the national forest and used GEOEYE-1 imagery. The dataset includes satellite imagery collected after the fire, as well as the period of the phenological cycle of November 2011.

"This successful project demonstrates the power of combining Intergraph's advanced geospatial technologies with regional domain expertise to provide timely solutions for environmental safety and preservation," said Claudio Mingrino, Southern Europe Geospatial Regional Manager, Intergraph.

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