Вісник Київського національного університету імені Тараса Шевченка


Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv



Vyshnevskyi V. 

National Aviation University, Kyiv, Ukraine


A large number of opportunities that are connected with achievements in space and information technologies can be used in excursion and tourist activity. The most significant among those are: visualization of territory in high quality, possibility to compare satellite images taken in different time period, designing of volumetric images, panoramic review of objects, opportunity to detect someone’s location via GPS, determination of road traffic, visualization of processes in the atmosphere, assessment of ecological state on certain area etc. The information about remote sensing and sources of satellite images, in particular, are given. This data can be found in the Google Earth program, Bing Maps, Yandex. In addition, satellite images can be found on the websites of the US Geological Service and the European Space Agency. Landsat and Sentinel satellites make the most prevalent images. Quite useful options of Google Earth program are “Search” and “Create routes” as first helps to find the objects on the surface of Earth and second to create the route from one point to another. The essence of STRM mission is analyzed. This information can be applied using Global Mapper program. It gives the possibility to create volumetric images of relief which are more realistic than geographical maps. The essence of GPS is described. This system gives the opportunity to fix on the geographic coordinates which are significant in tourism. Moreover, it allows getting similar information as to photos made on routes. Another practical program, which can be employed in excursion and tourism activity, is SAS.Planet. This platform has a functional option called Wikimapia, which helps to identify object names. Furthermore, SAS.Planet allows determining traffic congestion. This method is based on crowdsourcing. Some possible ways of ecological state assessment are described, which is also important for the tourism industry. The specific examples of how to use the resources and technologies mentioned above are depicted.

remote sensing, satellite images, GPS, route, tourism


DOI: http://doi.org/10.17721/1728-2721.2018.70.14


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Vyshnevskyi V. (2018) Use of space and information technologies in excursion and touristic activity. Visnyk Kyivskogo nacionalnogo universytetu imeni Tarasa Shevchenka GEOGRAFIYA [Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Geography], 1 (70), 79-83 (in Ukranian, abstr. in English).