Today is GIS Day: Celebrate the technology that is changing how we see the world around us

GIS layers
Geospatial information systems technologies compile multiple layers of information about a specific area on a map. GIS can be used to map crime, show land use, track wildfire, and more. Image: NOAA

Today (November 20) is GIS Day when we salute the dedicated technicians who use geospatial technology to show us new ways of looking at the world around us. Attend a GIS Day event in your area, or take a minute to view a  high-powered use of this technology on DNR’s Washington Geological Information Portal.

For an opportunity to see and interact with people who use geographic information systems (GIS) technology to make a difference in our world, stop by the State Capitol Rotunda in Olympia today where dozens of GIS users and experts from DNR, Washington State Department of Transportation, and several other state agencies will describe how they use GIS in the public’s interest. DNR, for example, shares GIS data about geologic formations and hazards  as well as about forest roads, streams, trails and other features with the public, other agencies and industry. Other state agencies, as well as local governments and nonprofits, use GIS data to track the spread of invasive species, map marine vegetation, plan land use, and monitor the health of vulnerable populations.

To see a real-world application of GIS data, visit the Washington Geological Information Portal where you can interact with multi-layered maps to find the locations of major earthquake faults, lahar and tsunami evacuation zones, underground geologic formations and more.

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