Interpret and Visualize Data – identify relationships, patterns, or trends
Model Scenarios - test various hypotheses and see outcomes visually
Integrate Systems – bring together disparate data and technology
Facilitate and Improve Decision-Making – include geography
A GIS can be particularly effective as a decision-making tool in such areas as:
- Economic development analysis
- Management of the environment and natural resources
- Infrastructure management - transportation, water and sewer
- Property records management
- Comprehensive planning and zoning
- Public Safety - fire and police
A GIS can help answer spatial analysis questions:
- Where is a particular feature? (facility, hydrant, parcel, street, etc.)
- What features are within x-number of feet or miles of this other feature?
- How many linear miles of roads will be resurfaced?
- What is the shortest route between this location and another?
- What is the fastest route?
- Where is the nearest police or fire unit that can respond?