Title: Constructing a seamless digital cadastral database using colonial cadastral maps and VHR imagery – an Indian perspective
Citation: SURVEY REVIEW vol. 48 no. 349 p. 258-268
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC97015
ISSN: 0039-6265
URI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/1752270615Y.0000000003
DOI: 10.1179/1752270615Y.0000000003
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A Land Administration System (LAS) with its cadastral component is the infrastructure that facilitates the implementation of land policies to attain sustainable development. Therefore, the availability of a digital, up-to-date and easily accessible cadastral database has become a primary requirement for undertaking efficient land administration and/or spatial planning decisions for any country. In this paper, the authors demonstrate a method for constructing a seamless digital cadastral database (DCDB) based on colonial cadastral maps using Geographic Information System (GIS) and image interpretation techniques for an area of about 326 km2. Geo-Eye1 (pan-sharpened) data were used for this purpose in combination with limited on-site survey. The proposed approach could be considered as an alternative to a complete cadastral resurvey. It is important to mention here that the quality of these colonial maps is quite high and can be proven as a basis for spatial planning. A cadastral resurvey may be required in the future where there is an urgent need for higher accuracy, but the approach would be time consuming and potentially bring unrest in villages and urban neighbourhoods. Hence, an alternative is, therefore, to respect the contents of the existing maps and records combined with a quality upgrade: make the existing records and maps up-to-date as a basis for a spatial planning.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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