A group of young British explorers are to use a satellite mapping system on their month-long trip to the Himalayas.
Using geographic information systems (GIS), they will map new trekking and mountaineering routes for use by future travellers as they attempt to summit unclimbed peaks.
The expedition is supported by ESRI (UK), a supplier of geographic information systems. Laptops donated by ESRI will be running ESRI's ArcGIS software, which will be used to log and analyse the data. Mapping of the Ladakh region is very scarce.
Throughout the expedition, the young explorers will research the environment and analyse their findings by creating "layers of analysis" on digital maps in the GIS.
The effects of altitude on human physiology, plant distribution and climatic change will all be studied.
The findings will be passed on to numerous organisations, including the World Wildlife Fund and individual academics, for use in larger research studies.
Read more on Wireless networking
How the British Red Cross harnessed digital mapping honed abroad for the domestic Covid-19 crisis
Singapore’s JTC taps GIS platform in Punggol Digital District
SAP HANA and Esri integration leads to geospatial database platform
Transport Scotland turns to IoT mapping to keep roads clear in cold snap