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City set to launch its geographic census

Shanghai will carry out its first census of geographic conditions through 2015, collecting data on the city’s natural and man-made composition, surveying officials said yesterday.

Information on land features, vegetation and water resources, as well as transport grids, residential areas and facilities will be collected, the Shanghai Institute of Surveying and Mapping said.

A trial operation of the census has been completed in Huangpu and Jiading districts, covering a total of 484 square kilometers.

The institute is now sorting the information collected.

The team uses GPS and aerospace remote sensing technology to collect data on geographic conditions, said the institute.

“Unlike during a population census, officials will not enter the homes of local residents to collect information,” an official with the institute said.

The information collected will be used to establish Shanghai’s Smart City project.

This project aims to create a high-tech, intelligent, energy-friendly city as part of efforts to enhance daily life.

The Shanghai Smart City initiative also aims to better manage city resources.

The census will be officially launched with a nationwide census on geographic conditions.

China aims to gather objective and accurate geographic information, thus providing a basis for creating and carrying out national development plans and facilitating the country’s ecological conservation efforts, the State Council, the nation’s Cabinet, said.

Preparation work was completed by the middle of this year, and is followed by a 24-month phase one process through June 2015. This will feature data collection and processing, field investigations and information reviews.

In phase two, scheduled between July and December 2015, tasks will include sorting and analysis of information and creating a census report.

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli has said the census will also help grasp the development potential of resources and the environment in an accurate and scientific manner, so as to prevent various risks and challenges.

Information that is collected in the census should be comprehensive and accurate, said Zhang, who is also the head of the census team.



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