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Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system which is developed to observe, capture, use, analyze, manage and present all geographical data. For this purpose, Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) designed GIS lab in 2008 at the main headquarters, Islamabad.


Expert researchers are appointed in the lab for systematic collection and storage of particular data on the habitats and geographical distribution of species under study in Pakistan. Information sharing mechanisms are also developed used by organization, scientists and researchers. All collected data is visualized and interpreted in the form of maps, detailed reports, globes and charts. Statistical divisions are used to interpret the data in charts and reports. Aerial sensor and 3D modeling techniques are used to detect classify and assess the data. All software and hardware mechanisms are integrated and digitized data creation methods are used.

Dhirkot Road Map
Hardware Software
20 Computers Google Earth
Scanners Adobe Illustrator
Color Inject and Laser Printers Adobe Photoshop
GPS Unit Adobe Acrobat Professional
Computer Projection with large Screen Adobe Indesign
USB GPS recievers Adobe Dream Weaver
  Stella 8.0
  Mathematica 5
  Arc View GIS 3.3
  Global Mapper 8

Research Resources

Our GIS researchers develop special problem solving solutions after the interpretation of collected data. BRC GIS lab is designed for 20 computer work stations with experts of the field. Spatial and attribute data is complied and digitized, geological and geophysical data is interpreted and publications-quality maps and figures are produced by GIS experts in the lab. GIS lab provides field laptops and GPS receivers to the members of GPS division and other researchers as well for use in research and classes. New and advanced technologies are being planned to use in this lab. GIS lab is equipped with latest laboratory resources listed below:


Successful Projects

  • Geographical and statistical distributions, related to the projects of Grey Goral and Bears, have designed successfully by GIS researchers.
  • Maps and charts of population distribution, socio-economic conditions and infrastructure of the areas associated with national parks have also been formulated by our GIS experts.

Ongoing Projects

  • Snow and glacier cover assessment (2000-2011) in the northern Pakistan cryosphere using remote sensing techniques

Objectives of the study

The concrete objectives of the study include:

  • Reviewing the Inter-annual and seasonal differences in glacial snow coverage above the mountains of Pakistan
  • Identifying spatial–temporal trends in the snow cover dynamics in Pakistan using remote sensing.
  • Assessing the retreat of snow and glacier cover in high mountains for possible assumptions of climate change impacts in Pakistan.

Training Courses

Special training courses will be offered soon for geographers, geologists, NRM scientists, students and all those researchers who are working in applications of GIS technologies. Professionals, mid carrier level and even beginners can also apply for these courses.



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