The project has been steered from its inception by Dr Dirk
Troost of UNESCO. The
five DOS-based modules (1989-1996) were collated and edited by
Professor Ian Robinson and Dr David Blackburn. These three, along
with Dr Richard Callison and Malcolm Dobson of Pharos Scientific
Ltd who wrote the image processing software, and Dr Claire Blackburn
who has acted as secretary to steering group meetings and link-person
at UNESCO in Paris have provided the driving force for the project.
Professor Ian Robinson has also been a prolific contributor of
lessons for the modules.
Since 1997, the software has been
rewritten for Windows (3.1, 95, 98, NT) and developed
greatly by Malcolm Dobson to provide the increased functionality
required for Modules 6 and 7. During this period Dr Alasdair
Edwards of the Centre for Tropical Coastal Management Studies, University of Newcastle coordinated a thematic module on applications of remote
sensing to coastal management (Module 7) and established the
Bilko web site to allow internet access to the modules.
In 1998, Professor John van Genderen at the Division
of Applied Geomorphological Survey at ITC
in the Netherlands kindly agreed to host the Bilko Secretariat
and co-ordinate the day to day running of the UNESCO-Bilko Project.
International Steering Committee
members: Back row:
Malcolm Dobson, UK; Dr Jesus Morales, Spain; Prof. Ian Robinson,
UK; Dr Dirk Troost, UNESCO; Dr Craig Donlon, Italy; Dr Richard
Callison, UK. Front row: Prof. John van Genderen, The
Netherlands; Dr Vitaly Sytchev, Russia; Dr Alasdair Edwards,
UK. Members not present: Dr David Blackburn, France; Dr