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36 IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine December 2004 1094-6969/04/$20.002004IEEE

Summary: 36 IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine December 2004
arks and national institutions all over the world
have realized the benefits of using geographical
information systems (GISs) to complement explo-
ration route profiles, which enable them to moni-
tor, maintain, and define intervention actions along those
routes. To do this, it is necessary to combine global position-
ing systems (GPSs) with a GIS to ensure position accuracy.
In 2003, the authors helped survey an extended trekking
route in a remote area of the Sagarmatha National Park, the
national park of Mount Everest in the Himalayan range. The group
joined the Changri Nup Glacier Monitoring Expedition under the auspices
of the Italian Research Council (EV-K2-CNR project) and the Nepali
National Research Institutes (Ronast). The research activity goal was to
retrieve the geometrical profile of both the park routes and the tracks leading
to the base camps of principal mountains and to develop a GIS for the park
[7], [8] (Figure 1). This article presents the results from this trekking experi-
ence: the planning phase, the palmtop database design and methods of


Source: Alippi, Cesare - Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences