Cartographers keeping pace with tech: Minister

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Visakhapatnam, Nov 21 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Mines T Subbirami Reddy today expressed satisfaction on the progress made by cartographers in keeping pace with rapidly changing technology by moving from paper charts to digital imaging.

In his inaugural address at the INCA International Cartographic Congress here, Mr Reddy highlighted the role played by cartographers in providing significant inputs to planners for development of infrastructure-based activities while ensuring they were not utilised for over-exploitation of resources.

He urged the cartographic community to take up the new challenge of providing assistance by means of damage assessment, innundation maps and models of coasts to disaster management authorities for minimising damage.

Mr Reddy also wished the delegates eventful and thought provoking discussions hoping the Congress would be able to chalk out a road map for further activities in the wide field.

The keynote address was delivered by Vice-Admiral R P Suthan who said special data and cartographic-based inputs were essential for performance of mundane jobs to guidance-systems for the most advanced inter-continental ballistic missiles.

He also said emphasised on the importance of remote sensing, satellite imagery and emerging technologies on the internet for cartographers citing the popularity of sites like Google Earth which made it possible for common man to experience the power of advanced cartography.

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