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Educ. Sci. 2018, 8(2), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8020083

Processing Image to Geographical Information Systems (PI2GIS)—A Learning Tool for QGIS

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Department of Geosciences, Environment and Land Planning, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
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Earth Sciences Institute (ICT), Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
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Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
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Received: 26 April 2018 / Revised: 30 May 2018 / Accepted: 31 May 2018 / Published: 6 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards Excellence in Engineering Education)
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Education, together with science and technology, is the main driver of the progress and transformations of a country. The use of new technologies of learning can be applied to the classroom. Computer learning supports meaningful and long-term learning. Therefore, in the era of digital society and environmental issues, a relevant role is provided by open source software and free data that promote universality of knowledge. Earth observation (EO) data and remote sensing technologies are increasingly used to address the sustainable development goals. An important step for a full exploitation of this technology is to guarantee open software supporting a more universal use. The development of image processing plugins, which are able to be incorporated in Geographical Information System (GIS) software, is one of the strategies used on that front. The necessity of an intuitive and simple application, which allows the students to learn remote sensing, leads us to develop a GIS open source tool, which is integrated in an open source GIS software (QGIS), in order to automatically process and classify remote sensing images from a set of satellite input data. The application was tested in Vila Nova de Gaia municipality (Porto, Portugal) and Aveiro district (Portugal) considering Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) data. View Full-Text
Keywords: GIS; learning tool; open source software; satellite data GIS; learning tool; open source software; satellite data
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Correia, R.; Duarte, L.; Teodoro, A.C.; Monteiro, A. Processing Image to Geographical Information Systems (PI2GIS)—A Learning Tool for QGIS. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 83.

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