SCGIS Scholars

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Alexandra Loshkareva

2013 Program

  • Moscow, Russian Federation

  • I am head of the department “Information center” for the non-profit, NGO “Transparent world”. Its mission is to democratize access to satellite information and to promote its integration into non-military decision-making. It has produced and published forest-related maps making difference in the real world (such as old-growth logging moratorium in Karelia announced since 1996 and still supported by a number of leading international and Russian forest companies following the map produced by the same team of people; maps of intact forest landscapes used by IKEA as attachments to the contract with suppliers; or high-conservation value forests mapping for a number of FSC-certified forest areas). In this role, I’m using GIS and remote sensing technologies to operational solutions for incoming requests from non-governmental organizations (for example: logging in the national reserves, illegal building of a roads, pipelines, fires, flooding and so on).

    I have a master degree in cartography and geoinformatics. My master’s degree work was has been devoted to interpretation of vegetation cover by satellite images, and making vegetation map on the basis of this investigation. Also during study I took part in a huge amount of field work expeditions (Kronotskij national Reserve (Kamchatka peninsula), Lazovskiy national Reserve (Primorskiy kraj), Kavkazskij national Reserve (Krasnodarskij kraj, Caucasus mount.), Denezhkin kamen’ (Sverdlovskaja obl., Ural mountains), National park Russkij Sever (Vologodskaja obl.), Archangelskaja obl. (expedition in honor of the M.V.Lomonosov  300th anniversary) and a lot of time in Khibiny and Lovozery mount., and in the north part of the Kola peninsula. As a result of these expeditions, I made different maps of these regions (thematic maps with different approaches, which are depend on the interesting of the specialists in that place).

    In my master degree work I investigated methodology of interpretation Landsat images on the basis of using height-resolution images (Quick Bird). I used ERDAS Imagine program and a little bit ENVI. During my work in “Transparent world” I did a lot of different things, with using GIStechnologies. I made web-services with different environmental information. Also, I took part in the producing maps in the Atlas in the book “GAP-Analysis in the northern-western part of European Russia (based on Landsat imagery)” and map “Federal protected areas in Russia”, which was produced in 3 different scales (they are big, wall maps). More over I’m taking part in the project BPAN (Barents protected areas network) and make some geospatial analysis with environmental GIS-data.