What can GIS do?

What can GIS do? The acronym stands for Geographic Information Systems, but what can we do with a Geographic Information System? I found the following article (thefreedictionary.com) that I think puts it short and sweet:

“1 Location What is at …? The first of these questions seeks to find out what exists at a particular location described in various ways (e.g., place name, post or zip code, or geographic references).

2 Situation/Condition Where does it exist? The second question is the converse of the first and requires spatial analysis to answer. Instead of identifying what exists at a given location, a location is found where certain conditions aresatisfied (e.g., an unforested section of land of at least 2000 square meters in size, within 100 meters of a road, and with soils suitable for supporting buildings).

3 Trends What has changed since…? The third question involves both of the first two, and seeks to find the differences within an area over time.

4 Patterns What spatial patterns exist? The fourth question is more sophisticated; the question is asked to determine whether cancer is a major cause of death among residents near a nuclear power station or how many anomalies thereare that don’t fit a predetermined pattern and where they are located.

5 Modeling What if…? The fifth question is posed to determine what happens, for example, if a new road is added to a network, or if a toxic substance seeps into the local groundwater supply. (Answering this type of question requiresboth geographic as well as other information, and possibly scientific laws.)”


If this gives you some ideas and you think that there may be a way that GIS can assist you in your business operations, do not hesitate contact GoMapping today!

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