The public's increasing concern about environmental degradation is creating new demands for environmental monitoring and appropriate interventions to reduce or eliminate the sources and causes of environmental damage. We have two invaluable tools for addressing environmental problems: satellite remote sensing for collecting the essential data, and geographic information systems (GIS) for processing and evaluating these data and modelling the effects of various environmental management options. As educators, we have a special challenge to train the scientists who will be responsible for carrying out this work. An interdisciplinary approach is required to understand the multiple causes and effects of environmental problems, and special skills are needed to convey this information to the government agencies and individuals who can implement corrective measures. We have been quite successful at ITC in integrating remote sensing and GIS for environmental monitoring within our research and education programmes. Our present (and future) efforts are directed towards reinforcing the interdisciplinary approach considered essential in environmental management. © 1992.
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