Our present-day society is rapidly changing and these changes are directly impacting the map-making industry. Present-day maps became obsolete as soon as they are completed because of population increases, agricultural trends, energy production, and general land-use changes which alter the appearance & the land.
It is clear that maps of today will, in a not too distant future, have only historical and pictorial value just like the medieval maps of the 16th and 17th centuries.
In the present-day design of resource development schemes, the essential problem for each country is the skillful management and utilization of all available assets---human and material---to provide the basis for a continuous economic expansion.
This implies the urgent need for an ongoing search in a well coordinated effort by government and private enterprise, for the creation of sound and reliable projects.
The solving of these complex problems can only be optimized when sufficient reliable, and up-to-date information on resources is available and accessible to decision makers.
In many countries, data is available only at random or hidden in heterogeneous form. The fastest way to create access to resource data is to make use of the fact that most of it fits in a geographic framework with an absolute coordinate system for information retrieval of geology and mining, land-use patterns, urban development, communication systems, civil engineering, etc. This paper describes the overall Remote Sensing System which provides the general framework to accomplish this task.
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