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USGS Scientists from St. Petersburg, FL, Participate in GIS (Geographic Information System) Day

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s St. Petersburg Science Center in St. Petersburg, FL, participated in a Geographic Information System (GIS) Day held November 19 at the University of South Florida.

GIS Day is a grassroots event that allows GIS users and vendors an opportunity to interact with the general public and demonstrate practical applications of GIS technology.

A GIS is a system of computer software, hardware, and data that allows a user to manipulate, analyze, and present information that is tied to a spatial location. GIS technology is used in scientific investigations, resource management, development planning, and many other applications that require analysis of spatial data.

The USGS had several exhibits at the GIS Day event.

Russ Peterson explained how GIS technology is used to map windspeed, storm-tracking information, and bathymetric data in areas hit by hurricanes. He showed data sets used to determine shoreline changes and other impacts of Hurricane Isabel, which came ashore at Cape Hatteras, NC.

Kathryn Smith and Ravic Nijbroek demonstrated the Tampa Bay Estuary Interactive Mapping System (IMS), a Web-based GIS that requires no software other than an Internet browser and Internet access. Simulations, maps, and databases are accessible to the public through the Tampa Bay IMS, whose central storage area is in Louisiana.

The National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the USGS, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) were the principal sponsors of this year's GIS Day.

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