SAG award 2011
Bogi Brynjar Björnsson and Esther Hlíðar Jensen with Jack Dangermond, president of Esri.

IMO receives Special Achievement Award for Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology

Esri International User Conference 2011 - SAG award


The Icelandic Meteorological Office, IMO, received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California held July 13, 2011. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology.

Volcanic ash distribution forecasts were prepared and utilized during the two most recent eruptions in Iceland. This data was also combined with the river network database to estimate lahar hazard. Earthquake activity is displayed in near-real-time and hazardous seismic faults have been outlined.

The IMO has been a long time user of ESRI software solutions to manage, manipulate and present it‘s spatial data to internal and external users alike. The current implementation uses the ArcGIS 9.3.1 suite of desktop and server software coupled with DB2 and Oracle spatial databases to work with and store data.

Organizations from around the world honored at the Esri UC, span industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.

"The SAG Awards highlight extraordinary achievements and efforts to improve our world," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "Each year I look forward to being part of this ceremony. It is a tradition that means a great deal to Esri and to GIS professionals."

More information is available about the 2011 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos. There, examples of IMO's work can be seen.

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