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  • Ahmed Saleh

GASGI reveals meticulously corrected historical aerial photos spanning 1950-1980 in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, January 24, 2024, The General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information (GASGI) has unveiled a comprehensive collection of meticulously corrected historical aerial photographs, offering a fascinating glimpse into various regions of Saudi Arabia spanning the years 1950 to 1980. This extensive project, featuring 164,484 images, meticulously documents the urban development, changes in vegetation cover, and other significant transformations that occurred in these regions during the specified period, providing an invaluable historical record.

In collaboration with multiple government agencies, GASGI undertook the complex task of processing and aligning the historical photographs with the reference coordinate system. The images were meticulously organized based on region, production year, and scale. The primary objective of this ambitious project is to leverage these corrected aerial images as historical references, enabling the analysis of changes in both urban and rural areas over the decades.

The project's outputs are now accessible on GASGI's national geospatial platform, ensuring that these historical photographs are accompanied by clear digital coordinates. This strategic move not only preserves the historical significance of the images but also facilitates their use as valuable resources for studying and understanding the evolution of Saudi Arabia's landscapes.

GASGI, in its commitment to organizing, enhancing, and overseeing the surveying, geospatial information, and imaging sector, aims to align these efforts with international standards. Through initiatives like this, GASGI contributes significantly to preserving the historical narrative of the Kingdom while also advancing the use of geospatial information in line with global benchmarks.

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