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GIS: Geographic Information Systems

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GIS layers

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A Geographic Information System (GIS) "integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. (ESRI)"

GIS Dictionary

There are many applications for GIS, spanning a variety of disciplines. Some examples include:

  • Architecture and design: population growth, urban development, infrastructure, urbanism
  • Biological Sciences: migration patterns, species diversity, fisheries management
  • Health Sciences: epidemiology, noise pollution
  • Historic Geographic Analysis
  • Digital Humanities
  • Emergency Services: wildfire spread, missing person location, least-cost paths to accident sites
  • Environmental Sciences: soil/groundwater contamination, drainage networks, erosion
  • Social Sciences: crime rates, food deserts, population dynamics

Resources available in the CCA Libraries collection.