Pacific Geospatial Conference 2022

Adarshika Prakash

Intern at SPC

  • Women in GIS in the Pacific
Ahi Saipaia
  • In-the-field data collection with QField and friends
  • Implementing and using an open source farm survey and mapping system
  • In-the-field data collection with QField and friends
Alexandra Nozik

Alexandra Nozik studied B.Sc. Geography and M.Sc. Geoinformatics, where she specialized in optical remote sensing. She is working as a Geodata Specialialist in the Scientific Data Services Workgroup at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany. While developing strategies for good scientific practice in the research data management with the team, she focuses on field work digitization techniques and supports scientists from various fields with geodata application, processing and visualization in their projects.

  • Typology of Reef Passages: A view from above
Andra Whiteside

I am a third year PhD Candidate at the Aix-Marseille University and based in Suva. My research topic focuses on observing the patterns of distribution of plumes (chlorophyll, Trichodesmium, suspended material) on the ocean surface within Fiji and the Pacific Islands using remotely sensed data at different time scales.

  • Impact of Ashes from the 2022 Tonga Volcanic Eruption on Satellite Ocean Color Signatures
Awnesh Singh

Awnesh Singh is a senior lecturer at the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) at The University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, FIji. He teaches courses in marine science, tropical meteorology, physical oceanography and climate science. Some of his interests are in climate variability and change, El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) dynamics, open ocean and coastal dynamics, tropical cyclones and remote sensing.

  • Analysis of surface turbidity from Sentinel-2 images and a 3D-coupled model : Case study on Laucala Bay, Fiji Islands
Baizura Alidin

PreSales Engineer, Planet

  • Disaster Resilience Using Agile Aerospace from Planet
Brent Wood

The presenter has worked for NIWA for over 40 years. He has contributed to several Open Source GIS projects, including QGIS, Postgis, Proj, and GMT. He has supported and used almost exclusively Open Source software for over 20 years and has been a frequent presenter at Oceania and global OSGeo/FOSS4G conferences. He is a Charter member of OSGEO, is a past director of the New Zealand Open Source Society and in 2016 was awarded a New Zealand Open Source Award (People's Choice) for services to Open Source GIS in New Zealand.

  • Linked data, but not as you know it! Doing linked data the PostgreSQL way.
  • Open source spatiotemporal databases (Postgres with PostGIS and TimescaleDB)
  • QGIS and Spatialite - how to deploy these for intelligent field based data capture
Can Unen

Can is the OpenStreetMap Trainer for the Asia-Pacific Regional Hub. Based in Turkey, he got his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and his Ph.D. in Geomatics from Istanbul Technical University, specializing in GIS-based applications in disaster management and seismic loss assessment. He also spent time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as a visiting researcher at the Mid-America Earthquake Center during 2008 and 2009.

He was first introduced to OpenStreetMap in 2012 as a side interest along with his main studies. All things OSM have become a priority and a driving force for him since.

He has worked as an assistant professor in various civil engineering departments within Turkey since 2013, incorporating open geospatial tools and OpenStreetMap into courses such as Surveying, GIS, and Introduction to Geomatics.

Having a moth-flame relationship with humanitarian open mapping, he formerly managed two field projects conducted by HOT between 2018 and 2021. He is looking forward to carry his training, assessment, and curriculum design experience from academia to reinforce and improve HOT’s training strategies.

  • Keynote - Sustainable Community Dynamics in Open Mapping
Carrol Chan

Carrol is currently a PhD student at the University of Newcastle investigating the impacts of climate change on the distribution of invasive weeds in the Pacific using Remote Sensing. She is a board member of OSGeo Oceania, and currently the Grant Lead for OSM Fiji managing activities, including conducting training under the HOTOSM funded Community Impact Microgrant. Recently Carrol has been appointed a voting member for HOTOSM, being one of two from the Pacific, both of which are women.

Carrol has 7 years of experience working in Fiji and across the Pacific in the geospatial industry and has a passion for community building, volunteerism, and open geospatial data and technology. In her spare time she enjoys visiting museums and travelling with her cat Moon.

  • Building our open mapping community - The progression of OSM Fiji
  • Investigating the capability to map invasive species in the Pacific

Cecile Dupouy’s interest is in oceanic biogeochemistry and in Lagoon Anthropization of South Western Tropical Pacific Ocean combining field surveys, ocean color remote sensing database management and algorithmic developments. She combines marine optics, satellite imagery use, and biogeochemistry. Her specialization is on the spectral signatures of Trichodesmium cyanobacteria blooms in the Pacific as well as extraction of chlorophyll, turbidity, CDOM and seabed in tropical oligotrophic lagoons. She has trained and co-supervised 7 PhD students, 37 Master and Engineer students. She is presently (2021-2025) coordinating the European ACP Innovation project RERIPA Reinforcing Research and Innovation ecosystems to tackle climate change with Small Pacific Island States.

  • Ocean Color in Pacific tropical archipelagos (phytoplankton blooms in ocean and lagoons): a review of algorithms
  • RERIPA project: the use of Remote Sensing data for helping coastal surveys
Chan-Su Yang

Chan-Su Yang received the B.E. degree in Maritime Transportation Science in 1993, and the M.S. degree in Maritime Industrial Engineering from Korea Maritime University, Busan, Korea, in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree (Eng.) in Civil Engineering (Satellite Remote Sensing) from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 2001.
After two year work at JAMSTEC (2001 to 2002), he has been with the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), Busan, Korea, where he is currently Principal Research Scientist. He is also professor in the department of Marine Environmental System Science, Korea University of Science & Technology where he teaches satellite remote sensing. He has been a member of KSRS, IEEE and SPIE, and is IEEE Senior member from 2020.

  • Design on Marine Pollution Monitoring System Using Multiple Remote Sensing Data
  • Development of Decision Ready Tools to Support Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning: Case Study for Funafuti, Tuvalu
Cilia Rokobue


  • Lessons from the field: disaster risk exposure field data collection using Kobo Collect and Qfield:

Marine Security and Safety Research Center, Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology, Busan, Korea
Department of Convergence Study on the Ocean Science and Technology, Ocean Science and Technology School, Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Busan, Korea

  • Monitoring of Fishing Vessel Activities Using Satellite Data and AIS
Darlynne Takawo
  • Pacific Rainwater Harvest Using Spatially Enhanced Image Data
Dr Alex Bandini-Maeder

Alex s a published Earth Scientist and Chief Technology Officer at Geneon, who has extensive experience in geoconsulting to support climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and the development of mega offshore and onshore energy projects, including working with consulting companies leading the industry.

  • Supply Chain Vulnerability to Wildfire in Australia
  • A Rapid Method for Heatwave Vulnerability Assessment
  • Infrastructure Vulnerability to Slope Instabilities and Floods in Bhutan
Dr Dipak Paudyal

Dr. Dipak Paudyal is Chief Scientist & Managing Director of APAC Geospatial, a remote sensing software, consulting, and geospatial services company. Dr Paudyal has practical experience in Remote Sensing, Image Processing and AI through intimately working in the past with well renowned and largest geospatial Imaging Software and services companies in the world such as L3Harris Geospatial, ESRI Australia and Leica Geosystems/Hexagon/Intergraph/ERDAS.

An expert in the science of remote sensing, Dipak Paudyal has over 30 years’ experience advocating real-world and practical applications of the technology within government, academia, and private industries. Dipak, in his role of Chief Scientist, also provides strategic consulting in areas of Imagery and Remote Sensing. He is an advocate for accelerating adoption of remote sensing in Australia.

With qualifications including a PhD in remote sensing, master’s degree in natural resources management and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Dipak specialises in radar remote sensing, SAR Interferometry, and the application of AI in remote sensing. He has authored several research papers and blog posts on machine learning, deep learning, and AI for geospatial applications.

Dipak is also a Fellow of Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and is dual-certified for GIS (GISP-AP) and Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry. He also holds an adjunct associate professorship with the University of Queensland.

  • Use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery in Emergency Response and Disaster Management
  • Applications and Benefits of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
Dr Soumya Banyopadhyay

Dr. S Bandyopadhyay, completed his PhD. in 1995 from Indian Agricultural
Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He is currently working as Senior
Scientist and Associate Director at ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore, India.
His research work encompasses Earth Observation applications in the areas
of natural resources management, particularly in the domain of land, water
and environment. His specialization includes soil moisture retrieval and crop
growth studies using microwave and optical data. He has contributed to
national level mangrove vegetation mapping and wetland inventory projects
and is presently, coordinating ISRO’s Geosphere and Biospheres programme
to study the earth processes and anthropogenic interactions. He is member in
national committees on agriculture and environment as well as various
scientific societies. He has published 30 research papers in peer reviewed

  • Keynote - Dr Soumya Banyopadhyay, Associate Director Earth Observation and Disaster management Indian Space Research Organsiation
Dragos Bratasanu

DR. DRAGOS BRATASANU is an Earth Observation (EO) and geospatial data strategist with 12+ years of experience in the geospatial industry. He holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation from the University of Siegen in Germany and has received several awards for his research and innovation in EO. Dragos serves as Geospatial Data Lead for the Auckland Council and leads the development and deployment of several geospatial data strategies for the organization. He previously served with DLR German Aerospace Centre as Science Manager for the largest Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation centre in Europe, and with the Romanian Space Agency. He delivered significant research and innovations in the key Earth Observation project that led to ROSA becoming an European Space Agency (ESA) member state in 2011. His interests include strategy development and delivery, programme and project management, Earth observation research & innovation, New Space.

  • Earth Observation Strategies that Deliver Tangible Results: Insights from New Zealand
Edoardo Neerhut
  • Meta's Open Geospatial Tools
Em Hain

Em has been working in the GIS world since 2000 in infrastructure and environmental management. In 2016 she started to work with QGIS and has never looked back. She brings experience in Major Project workflows, interoperatbility within ESRI/Open Source workplaces and cartographic production. Em works as a Product Manager and Senior GIS Specialist at North Road Consulting, an Australian based spatial development consultancy which predominantly utilises international co-funding and crowd-funding campaigns to finance development into open source GIS applications.

  • Workflows for mixed ESRI/Open Source environments
  • QGIS Tips and Tricks from the Community
Ewen Hill

As an opensource data champion at my work organisation, I have a love of improving the OpenStreetmap. Currently I am on the board of OSGEO- Oceania and hoping to promote the use of free mapping and data tools to provide communities a level platform.

  • All of five kilometers
Ferlisa Jane Valentine
  • Water stewardship in a changing climate
Francis Chottu and Lanieta Rokotuiwakaya

Francis Chottu and Lanieta Rokotuiwakaya

  • Yadrava na Vanua : Measurement Reporting and Verification of forestry resources and landscape restoration projects.
Hamish Campbell

Hamish is a Product Manager at based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He has a software development and geospatial background and he's interested in open data, making maps and the outdoors. He's also a chartered OSGeo Oceania Member and organiser of OSGeo Oceania Auckland events.

  • Kart: an introduction to practical data versioning for geospatial data
  • Koordinates - a platform for geospatial data, built on open
  • QGIS Data Versioning with Kart
Harry Mahardhika Machmud

My interest in map particularly its use in disaster context made me joined Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia in 2012 as a mapping assistant volunteer in Jakarta Mapping Project where its goal to help the local disaster management agency (BPBD) mapped all critical infrastructures and administration boundary for the whole city to get detail inofrmation that used for creating Flood Contigency Plan at that year.

After graduated from University of Indonesia in 2013, I continued my contribution in HOT Indonesia as a GIS Training Officer where most of my focus was to disseminate information and taught government, community and organization both in national and local level about OpenStreetMap as well as HOT mapping tools and how to use it in disaster management and humanitarian context.

From 2016 - 2020, as a Project Manager, I lead the InAWARE Project, a joint mapping preparedness program among HOT, National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), and Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), to map 3 big cities in Indonesia: Surabaya, Jakarta and Semarang. In this project, I brought the activity into local-lead initiative where I worked with local people such as university students and BPBD in each city.

I lead the HOT Indonesia team for one year as Country Manager before joined with the Open Mapping Hub, a regional representative of HOT, in the Asia-Pacific as a Disaster Service Manager in 2021. In my current role, I am working to support, assist and connect the local communities and partners in disaster management sector particularly in disaster mapping related activities using OpenStreetMap and open source technologies to increase disaster resilience and reduce disaster impact through data-driven decision making in all stages of disaster phases.

  • InaSAFE: Plan your Disaster Impact Scenario Easily and Effectively
Ian Reese

Ian has more than a decade of experience in GIS, spending 7 years at [Toitū Te Whenua (LINZ]) working as a senior spatial analyst and web mapping developer. Other GIS roles include software development for Geographx and analyst work in the AidData research lab at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

In 2020 he started XYCarto Ltd. to provide contract geospatial and cartographic services.

Over the past year, Ian has been primarily working at Dragonfly Data Science in Wellington, NZ as an open source geospatial developer and engineer.

  • Stylized COGs: Utilising QGIS to develop stylized zoom scales in a Cloud Optimised Geotiff
James Ford

James is a New Zealand based geospatial professional with a background in geology, marine GIS, and emergency response. He currently works for Toka Tū Ake EQC (NZ Earthquake Commission) as a Geospatial Data Engineer and has had previous roles at Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), and in the NZ Govt. Covid response. James is a frequent user of QGIS, python, GDAL, PDAL, and PostGIS.

  • Wrangling Open Pacific Elevation and Bathymetry Data with GDAL and PDAL
  • An Introduction to using GDAL, PDAL, and Python for Processing Elevation and Bathymetry Data
John Duncan
  • In-the-field data collection with QField and friends
  • In-the-field data collection with QField and friends
Johnny Tarry Nimau
  • Progress on the Pacific Risk Tool for Resilience project (phase 2)
Jonah Sullivan

Jonah is a Geospatial Advisor at Geoscience Australia, and Chair of OSGeo Oceania.

  • Georegulation - standardising the digital representation of maritime boundary data
  • SWPHC - Open Data Value Proposition
Jonathan Ball

Jonathan is a product manager at Koordinates. He has a background in open data wrangling and has helped to deliver award-winning open-source geospatial products.

  • Git and GitHub are knocking on geospatial’s door
  • Koordinates - a platform for geospatial data, built on open
Kaliopate Tavola

Part of the PCRAFI II Project with DCRP under SPC

  • Lessons from the field: disaster risk exposure field data collection using Kobo Collect and Qfield:
Kasaqa Tora

Kasaqa is currently working as Spatial Analysis Specialist – Protected Areas with SPREP, based in Apia, Samoa. She has worked with in the Ministry of Agriculture for over 16 years, and over 10years with the National Trust of Fiji, the only National Trust in the South Pacific. Kasaqa has over 20 years working experience in GIS related roles.

  • Using Area Based Management Systems (ABMS) as a buffer from the effect of climate change.
Kevin Davies
  • In-the-field data collection with QField and friends
  • In-the-field data collection with QField and friends
Khaled Mashfiq

Khaled Mashfiq is the Regional Lead for UNITAR-UNOSAT in Asia-Pacific working closely with our in-country coordinators in Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands implementing UNOSAT activities across the climate change and DRR spaces.

Leba works for UNITAR embedded with the Climate Change and International Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Economy supporting GIS and Adaptation activities in-country.

  • Unlocking the potential of geospatial technologies for climate resilience
Magnus Wettle

Magnus Wettle is the managing Director of EOMAP Australia, and has more than 18 years experience in aquatic remote sensing research and applied solutions. He has previously held positions at CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and the University of Queensland.

EOMAP is a world leader in mapping and monitoring the aquatic environment using satellites. Mapping water depth (satellite-derived bathymetry) and seafloor cover, as well as monitoring water quality, our products are used in navigation, charting, planning, environmental management, inundation/ climate resilience modeling, as well as monitoring coastal erosion, dredging and water quality.

  • Aquatic Earth Observation: a cost-effective tool for mapping and monitoring the marine environment
Maria Kottermair

Maria Kottermair - is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with over 20 years of experience on Guam and the region. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of Queensland, in Australia. And she is also a member of the PGRSC Board.

  • 2D and 3D Shoreline Changes of Reef Islands
Maurice Borer
  • Black Sky
Merelita Lewabete

Technical Data Assistant - PCRAFI II

  • Lessons from the field: disaster risk exposure field data collection using Kobo Collect and Qfield:
Mithil Shah

Mithil Shah is a snr AI/ML specialist Solution Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He helps public sector customers in Asia Pacific achieve their business outcome using machine learning in the cloud

  • Geospatial Intelligence in the Cloud
Monifa Fiu
  • Pacific Rainwater Harvest Using Spatially Enhanced Image Data
Nathan Wales
  • In-the-field data collection with QField and friends
  • In-the-field data collection with QField and friends
Nicholas Metherall

Nick's research focuses on ridge-to-reef environmental monitoring as well as GIS environmental modelling and remote-sensing land-sea frameworks through riparian corridors. He completed his MSc in the water science specialisation through courses in both the Fenner School as well as the Research School of Earth Sciences at the ANU. Nick also completed his MSc thesis research on quantifying the impacts of in-river gravel extraction on sediment transport in Fiji.

Nick's research areas and skills include: GIS and remote sensing, hydrological and environmental modelling, python, FullCAM carbon accounting, field sampling and measurements of surfacewater and groundwater chemical, geophysical and hydrological parameters and some ecological fieldwork sampling experience forestry biomass carbon assessments as well as sampling of benthic invertebrates and ichthyofauna.

He has worked in a range of Government Departments including the Federal Departments of Agriculture, Water and Environment, the Climate Change Division of the Department of Environment and Energy and the Australian Trade Commission. During this time, Nick also worked in environmental monitoring of the impacts of the Ranger Uranium Mine on the Magela floodplains and creeks adjacent close to Jabiru and Kakadu in the Northern Territory. Nick led a team of volunteers to secure second place in the MAXAR Spatial Challenge regional category through a project that combined Digital Globe sub-metre high resolution imagery with FullCAM modelling to assess regeneration of biomass carbon in the context of the 2019-20 bushfire recovery through a case study in Cann River, Gippsland.

  • PacRIS geospatial and Digital Earth Pacific remote sensing inputs into RiskScape models: quantifying an economic cost of flood inundation natural hazards.
  • An introduction to Digital Earth Pacific (DEP) - for earth observation and analyses
Orisi Naivalurua

Technical & Research Officer (Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment & Financing Initiative Phase II - PCRAFI II Project)

  • Preliminary results of the exposure data collected through the PCRAFI project
Pascal Bolz

Pascal's research interests are diversified over various aspects of the Earth system, including geology, geomorphology, climate, soil and anthropogenic modifications in the context of spatial data analysis and interpretation.

Pascal holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Hamburg (Germany), a MSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Hamburg (Germany) and a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia). His PhD research on multi-method sediment provenance analysis focussed on the integration of U-Pb thermo- and geochronometer with novel techniques in image analysis and dimension reduction methods. The project was in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Queensland (DoR, GSQ) and the Geological Survey of New South Wales (GSNSW).

Over the last 10 years Pascal has worked with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the context of teaching, academic research and for industry applications. He is proficient on a variety of GIS software platforms including ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, QGIS and SAGA.

  • High-resolution erosion modelling using the RUSLE applied to open-cut coal operations under consideration of increased rainfall variability in climate change models
Pascal Correia

Head of GIS and control at Marine Resources office French Polynesia

  • The use of Digital Platform for Marine Spatial Planning: the TAHATAI project in French Polynesia.
Pip Bricher
  • SWPHC - Open Data Value Proposition
Rafael Kargren

Rafael has extensive background and career in earth observations industry and applications working with global governments, institutions and leading companies.

He has been involved in implementation of national earth observation data centres and information management systems in Australia and New Zealand and driving force for initiatives such as Open Data Cube and Copernicus Data Hub.

He is actively involved in many international initiatives to improve humanitarian actions and disaster response for Pacific Islands.

  • The future of earth observations for Pacific Island nations
Remi Andreoli

With a master’s degree in remote sensing and environment, Remi started his career as engineer at the University of Strasbourg within the Young Scientist Program of the European Space Agency. Member of the Rapid Mapping team of France (SERTIT), Remi participated in the damage assessment of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami and the 2005 Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, among many others. Since 2009, Remi is the Director of Space Applications of BLUECHAM SAS and teaches geographic information system and remote sensing at the University of New Caledonia and the University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu. In 2017, he co-founded Quintesens Pty Ltd and became a member of the Pacific Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC) in 2019.

Senior expert in remote sensing, Remi and his team won 12 international awards that recognize the technical excellence, innovations in remote sensing and commitment for people and communities in the Pacific. Author of more than 20 international peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters, Remi is still publishing in international scientific journals in remote sensing and in environment. BLUECHAM Space Application team is continuously developing innovative ways to exploit remote sensing data using Cloud Computing of Big Data, deep learning and Artificial Intelligence to better understand and monitor an ever-changing environment (mangroves, coastal areas, vegetation, urban areas, mining exploration and exploitation, invasive species). BLUECHAM Space Application team is also the first responder and operator of the New Caledonia Civil Security in the event of major disasters and has already been involved in damage mapping and support to rescue team for floods, volcanic eruptions and cyclone events (Pam cyclone in 2015, Ola Cyclone in 2018, Ambae eruption in Vanuatu in 2018, Papeete floods in 2017). The Space Applications Department has forged strong partnerships with space agencies worldwide, in particular with MAXAR - the world leader in high-resolution imaging - or CNES (Agence Spatiale Française).

  • NewSpace Technologies to fasten change detection linked to urban uncontrolled growth
  • The use of Digital Platform for Marine Spatial Planning: the TAHATAI project in French Polynesia.
Renata Varea

I am a Research Associate with the School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean & Natural Science (SAGEONS) at the University of the South Pacific. Over the last 6 + years I have been part of a inter-disciplinary project team that has been working on a project titled 'Climate-smart landscapes for promoting sustainability of Pacific Island agricultural systems'.

  • Gender and Geospatial Technologies in the Pacific
Ryan Perroy

Professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Director of the UH Hilo Spatial Data Analysis & Visualization (SDAV) Research Laboratory.

  • Precision agroforestry inventory monitoring in the Marshall Islands
Shiva Nair
  • How tropical cyclone induced damage will influence the distribution of African Tulips in Fiji.
Sree Juwel Kumar Chowdhury

Marine Security and Safety Research Center, Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology, Busan, Korea
Department of Convergence Study on the Ocean Science and Technology, Ocean Science and Technology School, Korea Maritime & Ocean University, Busan, Korea

  • Development of Decision Ready Tools to Support Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning: Case Study for Funafuti, Tuvalu
Temalesi Cama


  • Lessons from the field: disaster risk exposure field data collection using Kobo Collect and Qfield:
Thompson Auri

Thompson Auri & Orisi Naivalurua both work PCRAFII Project

  • Preliminary results of the exposure data collected through the PCRAFI project
Tooa Brown

Tooa is an University of Auckland graduate (BSc in Geography and Environmental Science) and she has more than 6 years’ experience in GIS mapping, carrying out spatial surveys, cadastral surveys, carrying out infrastructure surveys using GPS, remote sensing, implementing the asset management system, and designing of centralized geodatabase, design and implementation of digital tools with GPS capacity, institutional strengthening and capacity building. She is the President for Samoa's GIS & RS User Group as well as a Board member for the OSGeo Oceania Board.

  • What we've been upto at Samoa's GIS & RS User Group
Ueakeia Martin Tofinga

Ueakeia Martin Tofinga is currently enrolled as a first-year student in Master of Geographical Information Science (GIS) at the University of Queensland through the generous support of Australia - Australian Awards Scholarship. Like many other passion-driven students, Ueakeia Tofinga is keen to pursue higher education in GIS after successfully establishing the Kiribati Women in Mapping NGO to promote her passion in geographical information system, contribute to the development of Kiribati, and to empower young women to get involved in mapping.
Prior to studying in Queensland, she has worked for the Coastal Fisheries Division – Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource Development as a GIS mapper that was funded by the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) project in Kiribati. Prior to embarking on a working environment, Ueakeia Martin Tofinga obtained her bachelor’s degree in Geography at the University of Hawaii Hilo through the United States South Pacific Scholarship (USSP) program.

  • Empowering women in mapping local communities in Kiribati
Violaine Doutreleau

Violaine Doutreleau is originally a land surveyor engineer. Passionated about collaborative practices, she chose to work with OpenStreetMap since about 9 years, for its accessibility and collaborative ethic. At the start, she sensitized about OSM (for example launched the OSM Malagasy community in 2015), and then worked as an independant worker in French Polynesia exclusively on OSM and OpenSource softwares under the name "A Vos Cartes". Now she is employed by the newly local urbanism agency and tries her best to widen OSM knowledge and OSM participation.

  • Mapping accessibility in OSM with CartoMobil'ite - A new tool to collaborate between institutions and public on accessibility
Wolf Forstreuter
  • Pacific Rainwater Harvest Using Spatially Enhanced Image Data
  • The Pacific Islands GIS and Remote Sensing Newsletter, three Decades of History, Function today and Future
Yohni Fepuleai
  • FFA Remote Sensing to combat IUU fishing in the Pacific