News and Updates

Why should you create an account on PGRSC website?
The new PGRSC website proposes to our visitors the possibility to create an account. Why should you create an account on our website? Simply because you'll get access to more contents, interactions with the community and special functionalities! Some of our content are restricted to logged users on our website: Conference abstract submission Conference registration Past newsletter access Newsletter article submission The last 2 years conferences presentations For PGRSC members, we also add specific contents: …
Pacific Geospatial Services, LLC. (PacGeoS) is now a member of the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC).
PacGeoS is a minority and woman owned small business, owned and operated in Hawaiʻi. PacGeoS focuses on projects throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific with an emphasis on leveraging GIS to address thematic issues impacting Hawaiʻi. They work on sustainability, cultural and environmental preservation, zero waste, carbon neutral, food and energy independence, climate change mitigation, as well as other projects benefiting Hawaiʻi. PacGeoS' values are in alignment with PGRSC. They value community engagement to encourage industry …
The Hawaiʻi Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC) is now a member of the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC).
HIGICC is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization consisting of members of Hawai'i's geospatial community. Our goal is to provide coordination of geospatial activities among a wide range of users in order to avoid duplication of effort, promote data sharing, and maintain data standards throughout the state of Hawaiʻi. HIGICC provides outreach, professional development via conferences and webinars, networking events, and facilitates working groups to execute the HIGICC mission. The values and mission of HIGICC align …
Extended deadline for abstract submission!
We would like to inform you that the deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2023 Pacific Islands GIS&RS Users conference, originally scheduled for 31 August 2023, has been extended due to a high number of request and the new deadline is 15 October 2023. Abstracts can be submitted online via our submission system (no template is required).. Please note that you must create an account on the PGRSC website to submit your abstract. The Conference …
Gearing up for third Sentinel-2 satellite
With the first Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite in orbit since 2015 and the second since 2017, engineers are busy preparing the mission’s follow-on pair to eventually pick up the baton to supply images for a myriad of applications from food security to monitoring the decline of Earth’s ice. Slated for launch at the beginning of 2024, Sentinel-2C has just started a punishing five-month testing programme to ensure that it is fit for its life in space. …
Presentations from the 2022 Conference are now available on PGRSC Website
The presentations from the 2022 Pacific Geospatial Conference are now online and can be viewed and downloaded here! More than 350 Participants attended the Conference, with 66 presentations from the regional and international guests, and 5 Workshops. The conference week was closed by the HOTSOM Mapathon. For the first time the 2022 Conference incorporated the Open Source Geospatial (OSGeo) Foundation and OpenStreetMap Foundation’s regional conference “FOSS4G SoTM Oceania“. Thus a new conference name has been …
New Podcast: Let’s Talk EU Space
The European Commission is excited to announce the launch of "Let's Talk EU Space", a new podcast series aimed at delving into the EU Space Programme. The first episode explores the history of Copernicus and its impact on our daily lives. During this episode, you will hear from two special guests from DG DEFIS: Evi Papantoniou – Deputy Director for Space and the Head of the Space Policy Unit Mauro Facchini – Head of Unit for Earth Observation This podcast is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
The 2023 Pacific Islands GIS and Remote Sensing Conference will be held in Suva, Fiji from November 27 to December 1, 2023.
The 2023 Pacific Islands GIS and Remote Sensing Conference will be held in Suva, Fiji from November 27 to December 1, 2023. This year’s conference theme is “Improving Resilience in the Pacific Islands Through GIS and Remote Sensing”. For more than 20 years, the Pacific Islands GIS and Remote Sensing User Conference reputably hosts the largest Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) conference in the Pacific providinga platform for (i) GIS and RS users …
PGRSC website gets a makeover
Our new PGRSC website is launched! With a mission to make our new website faster, easier to navigate and more user friendly, we have reorganized information, updated security and design to be able to provide you with more information about Pacific GIS and Remote sensing. New content will be added regularly into the new website in order to keep alive more than 30 years of archives, papers, discussions, newsletter. We also decide to add a …
PGRSC Launch
Taken from Fiji Government Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Hon. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya today officiated at the launch of the Pacific Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing Council at Walu Bay in Suva. While speaking at the event, Minister Koya commended the staff of the Ministry of Lands and their partners at the Pacific Community (SPC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) for their foresight in the creation of the …
Meeting with Vaimua Muliava, Member of New Caledonia Government in charge of innovation, and digital transition
On the 05th of May 2022, PGRSC received a delegation from the Governement of New Caledonia at USP Campus. The New Caledonia Delegation was composed by Mr Vaimua Muliava, member of New Caledonia Government in charge of innovation, and digital transition, Ms Emmanuelle Caffaro, French High Commissioners Office in New Caledonia and Ms Rose Wete, Foreign Affairs Department New Caledonia. Meeting with Vaimua Muliava, Member of New Caledonia Government in charge of innovation, and digital …
Meeting with Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Shri P.S. Karthigeyan
The PGRSC met with the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Shri P.S. Karthigeyan. In our meeting, the High Commissioner highlighted the importance of spatial technology and information and how fostering a relationship with the PGRSC can support and deliver the best possible services to end users.
PGRSC meets USP’s Deputy Vice Chancellor & VP Dr. Paunga, DVC Prof. Jito Vanualailai, Prof. Sushil Kumar and Head of School Mr. Surendra Prasad
PGRSC meets USP’s Deputy Vice Chancellor & VP Dr. Paunga, DVC Prof. Jito Vanualailai, Prof. Sushil Kumar and Head of School Mr. Surendra Prasad. The PGRSC Chair, Salote Viti and board members, Wolf Forstreuter and Arti Pratap commended the support given by USP through the years of the Pacific GIS & RS Conferences. Fulfillment of their MOU, USP & PGRSC continue to provide the platform of exchange and exposure, knowledge and awareness especially for students …
SPREP renews its support to PGRSC’s Pacific GIS & RS Users Conference
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is the region’s key inter-governmental organisation for environment and sustainable development, and is one of several inter-governmental agencies comprising the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP). The purposes of SPREP are to promote cooperation in the South Pacific Region and to provide assistance in order to protect and improve the environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations. SPREP is an institutional …
Meeting between Pacific Islands Development Forum and PGRSC
PGRSC meets Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Director Blue Economy Arpana Pratap to discuss their shared goals for PICs, future cooperation and support of the Pacific GIS & RS Council through the annual Conferences. This meeting is a great milestone for both PIDF and PGRSC in support of Remote Sensing and GIS capacity building in the Pacific Region. The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), headquartered in Suva, is a regional organization created in 2013. The …
Copernicus 25th anniversary
On 8 June 2023, Copernicus will celebrate its 25th anniversary. ‘Europe’s eyes on Earth’ started in 1998 with the signature of the Baveno Manifesto, as an idea for a programme to monitor the environment. Initially known as the Global Monitoring for Environmental Security (GMES), the programme was designed to furnish valuable data that could assist in various aspects of public policy such as understanding and mitigating the effects of climate change and ensure civil security. …

NASA Breaking News

NASA Scientists to Discuss Oct. 14 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse

NASA will host a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 26, to discuss the upcoming annular solar eclipse. The annular eclipse will cross the U.S. from Oregon […]

Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Soon Returns to Earth; Watch Live

Now the record-holder for the longest single spaceflight by an American, NASA astronaut Frank Rubio is scheduled to depart the International Space Station and return to Earth Wednesday, Sept. 27. […]

NASA Finalizes Coverage for First US Asteroid Sample Landing

The first asteroid sample collected in space by NASA will arrive on Earth Sunday, Sept. 24, and there are multiple events leading up to its landing.

NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Reach Space Station for Science Expedition

NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara and two cosmonauts safely arrived at the International Space Station Friday, Sept. 15, bringing its number of residents to 10 for the coming week.

NASA Image of the Day

Seeing New Zealand From a New Perspective

Expedition 69 Flight Engineer Jasmin Moghbeli captured this image of New Zealand, dotted by white clouds, on Sept. 12, 2023, as the International Space Station orbited 230 miles above the […]

Artemis II Astronauts Complete Day of Launch Dry Run for Moon Mission

The Artemis II crew and teams with NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems Program successfully completed on Sept. 20, the first in a series of integrated ground system tests at NASA’s Kennedy […]

Strategic Communications Manager Isidro Reyna

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NASA Moon Camera Mosaic Sheds Light on Lunar South Pole