What is GIS - Introduction to Marine GIS Spring 2008...

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Introduction to Marine GIS Spring 2008
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Geographic Information Systems is a computer system for capturing (data input) storing (data management) querying (data exploration) analyzing (data analysis) displaying (data display) of geographically referenced data
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Components of a GIS Hardware Software Data Procedures People
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“The way maps and other data have been stored or filed as layers of information in a GIS makes it possible to perform complex analyses” - USGS
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History of GIS Canada Land Inventory and the Canada Geographic Information Systems US Census Bureaus development of DIME system (TIGER files) Availability of Landsat Data and advanced technology for data gathering in marine areas
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GIS Applications (Marine Environment) Coastal zone management Hydrological modeling Species distribution Animal Movement Benthic Habitat mapping
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