Remote Sensing Centre (RSC)- background
The Remote Sensing Centre (RSC) was established in 1995 and became fully
operational in 1997. This came as the culmination of a focused effort
to catch up with recent advances in remote sensing and GIS technology.
The Centre is linked to various regional and international organizations
for implementation of collaborative programmes. The Centre has proved
to be an important tool for decision makers as it is supporting various
activities that are essential to several ministries.
The RSC has to its credit various studies dealing with watershed and forestry
management, urban settlements, archaeology and the environment, integrated
coastal zone management, public participation, natural hazards, updated
and new soil map of Lebanon. Furthermore, the Centre is securing highly
needed upgraded information as well as cooperating with several development
projects necessary for environmental monitoring and data acquisition in
various sectors, and producing various thematic maps, training staff of
various public agencies on requirements and applications of remote sensing
• Use of advanced technology to achieve needed research and studies
• Implement the use of Remote Sensing and GIS to produce reports
and studies on land resources in Lebanon.
• Emphasize environmental and development concerns
• Secure databases from satellite imagery on timely basis in different
areas and disciplines and making the information available to the public
and private sector.
• Assessment studies, maps, evaluation reports, etc. on: Resources:
water, soil, biodiversity, climate change.
• Land cover, land use, suitability, productivity and yield, rural
management, soil conservation; Environment: heritage monuments, land degradation/desertification,
soil erosion, forestry, coastal deterioration, mass movement and natural