IDRISI GIS Desktop
|Original author(s)||J. Ronald Eastman|
|Developer(s)||Clark Labs at Clark University|
|Stable release||IDRISI Selva 17.02 / February 2013|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
IDRISI is an integrated geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing software developed by Clark Labs at Clark University for the analysis and display of digital geospatial information. IDRISI is a PC grid-based system that offers tools for researchers and scientists engaged in analyzing earth system dynamics for effective and responsible decision making for environmental management, sustainable resource development and equitable resource allocation.
Key features of IDRISI include:
- a complete GIS analysis package for basic and advanced spatial analysis, including tools for surface and statistical analysis, decision support, land change and prediction, and image time series analysis;
- a complete Image Processing system with extensive hard and soft classifers, including machine learning classifiers such as neural networks and classification tree analysis, as well as image segmentation for classification;
- integrated modeling environments including the Earth Trends Modeler for image time series of environmental trends and Land Change Modeler for land change analysis and prediction.
History and background
IDRISI was first conceived in 1987 by Prof. J. Ronald Eastman of Clark University, Department of Geography, as an accessible yet robust PC-based GIS. Dr. Eastman continues to be the prime developer and chief architect of the software. In January 2012 Clark Labs released IDRISI Version 17 (known as IDRISI Selva). Besides its primary research and scientific purposes, IDRISI is popular as an academic tool for teaching the principal theories behind GIS at colleges and universities.
Since 1987, IDRISI has been used by professionals in a wide range of industries in more than 180 countries worldwide. Environmental managers and researchers benefit from the unsurpassed range of geospatial tools—nearly 300 modules for the analysis and display of digital spatial information.
Based within the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, Clark Labs IDRISI is known for pioneering advancements in areas such as decision support, uncertainty management, classifier development, change and time series analysis, and dynamic modeling. Partnering with such organizations as The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google.org, USDA, the United Nations, Conservation International, and Wildlife Conservation Society.
The software is named after cartographer Muhammad al-Idrisi (1100–1166).
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