Five Things You Didn't Know GIS Could Do

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-04-07

Geographic information systems (GIS) provide so much more than maps to get you from point A to point B. GIS combines location data with the user's selection of a nearly infinite range of additional data associated with that location, such as buildings, streets, water supply, population, demographic data, temperature ranges, before/after views and more and represents the combined data as a map. Sophisticated, cloud-based GIS applications can be the keys that unlock the solutions to some of the world's most pressing local and global challenges. The application of geographic knowledge, technology, data and analysis can solve critical problems and better manage our world, our lives and our future—whether it's to track the spread of disease, anticipate and fight crime, or help entire cities transform into efficient and sustainable 21st-century ecosystems. From helping businesses grow sustainably to making major strides to promote public health, GIS is here to stay. Based on eWEEK reporting and data from GIS solutions provider Esri, this slide show offers five things you would not immediately think would come out of GIS technology.


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