Sunday, February 19, 2012

Armchair mapping using GRASS GIS

After reading my previous post a friend asked me why I didn't use just GRASS GIS. That's really a valid question. Since the GDAL/OGR utilities are some of my daily tools, I'm more familiar with them than with GRASS. Out of interest I developed a workflow how to extract and vectorize waterbodies from Landsat images using (almost solely) GRASS GIS. The resulting features I wanted to upload to OpenStreetMap.
This time the Nam Ngum 1 hydro power reservoir in Laos was my test area. Like Nam Leuk last time it was only roughly digitized and some of its islands needed to be remapped.