What is a GIS?
GIS = Geographic Information System
There are many definitions and meanings for GIS that many professionals and analysts all agree on the one provided from ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute), one of the largest vendors of GIS software.
" A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on earth. GIS technology integrates common database operations such as query and statistical analysis with unique visualization and geographic analysis benefits offered by maps. These abilities distinguish GIS from other information systems and make it valuable to a wide range of public and private enterprises for explaining events, predicting outcomes, and planning strategies. "
Types of Map F eatures
The WREQC has an extreme comprehensive Geographical Information System [GIS] and Global Positioning System [GPS]. The WREQC's GIS component has more than 95 different GIS coverage's of the Reservation and developing more each day. The GPS data collector the technicians use to record our data is a Trimble Pro XRS Receiver data logger. WREQC has a very good Data Management components that has all the data generated on the Reservation and has the capabilities to import data from other entities that are collecting data on all disciplines here on the Reservation. The Data Managers and the GIS Coordinator work together and create a giant informational systems that can answer just about any question on the Reservation's environmental concerns.