New mapping technology discovers 500 more Philippine islands

New Mapping Technology Discovers 500 New Philippine Islands

The Philippines has over 500 new islands, bringing the total number of islands in the archipelago to more than 7,600 from the current number of 7,107, the country’s National Mapping and Resource Information (Namria) said.

“With the advancement in mapping technology, Namria was able to confirm that there are over 500 new islands in the country. Namria utilised Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar to improve detection of land masses and changing land forms,” the Philippine Geomatics Symposium said in a Facebook post.

This radar technology is a tool to measure changes in land surface altitude and for mapping ground deformation.

The researcher, however, did not provide more information but said they will reveal details on the new islands at the expert conference PHILGEOS X GeoAdvances 2019, which has two events that “recognises the crucial role of handling growing collection of big data including geospatial data.”

The conference will be held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Ermita, Manila on November 14 and 15.

With 7,600 islands, the Philippines has more than Japan and Greece, but it is still far from regional record holder Indonesia with more than 17,500 islands.

Globally, Sweden has the most islands across its territory – a whopping 221,800, followed by Finland with 188,000 islands, Norway with 55,000 and Canada with close to 52,500 islands. Australia has more than 8,200 islands, according to statistics compiled by WorldAtlas.

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The Philippines has over 500 new islands, bringing the total number of islands in the archipelago to more than 7,600 from the current number of 7,107, the country's National Mapping and Resource Information (Namria) said. “With the advancement in mapping technology, Namria was able to confirm that there are over 500 new islands in the country. Namria utilised Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar to improve detection of land masses and changing land forms,” the Philippine Geomatics Symposium said in a Facebook post. This radar technology is a tool to measure changes in land surface altitude and for mapping ground deformation. The...

New Mapping Technology Discovers 500 New Philippine Islands

The Philippines has over 500 new islands, bringing the total number of islands in the archipelago to more than 7,600 from the current number of 7,107, the country’s National Mapping and Resource Information (Namria) said.

“With the advancement in mapping technology, Namria was able to confirm that there are over 500 new islands in the country. Namria utilised Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar to improve detection of land masses and changing land forms,” the Philippine Geomatics Symposium said in a Facebook post.

This radar technology is a tool to measure changes in land surface altitude and for mapping ground deformation.

The researcher, however, did not provide more information but said they will reveal details on the new islands at the expert conference PHILGEOS X GeoAdvances 2019, which has two events that “recognises the crucial role of handling growing collection of big data including geospatial data.”

The conference will be held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Ermita, Manila on November 14 and 15.

With 7,600 islands, the Philippines has more than Japan and Greece, but it is still far from regional record holder Indonesia with more than 17,500 islands.

Globally, Sweden has the most islands across its territory – a whopping 221,800, followed by Finland with 188,000 islands, Norway with 55,000 and Canada with close to 52,500 islands. Australia has more than 8,200 islands, according to statistics compiled by WorldAtlas.

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