This section provides links to general information on geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, and metadata. In addition, links are provided to geographic data, programs and projects, as well as to spatial data standards, demonstrations and tutorials, and glossaries and bibliographies. Please scroll down the page for more information.
To be effective, government programs for comprehensive and coordinated coastal management require the collection and integration of large amounts of geographical data. Examples of geographical data commonly used in coastal management include: location of the shoreline, regulatory zones on both the land and water sides of the shore, land ownership, bathymetry, coastal geomorphology, infrastructure, and habitat area delineations. Today, emerging new technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing (I.E., aerial photographs and satellite imagery), provide the means to manage, integrate, and analyze these diverse geographical data sets.
Table of Contents
What are GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing, and Metadata?
Wisconsin, Great Lakes, and National GIS Programs and Data Websites
Tutorials and Demonstration
Legal and Administrative Issues
Spatial Data Standards
Glossaries and Bibliography