GIS Spatial Resources


A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a comprehensive suite of computer hardware, software, and data that is used to view, manage, analyze and model spatial information related to the Earth's features and processes.  According to the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), “GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts”.  The burgeoning number of computer systems and GIS software available today is transforming the way we look at geographic information. GIS allows scientists to ask questions that would otherwise be impossible to answer while also providing a platform to foster the creation of novel research ideas.

GIS flow


The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER program has allocated a significant portion of its efforts to the acquisition, maintenance, analysis and distribution of GIS products for public use and is committed to providing the most accurate and relevant information available.  Our hope is that these tools will assist those responsible for making informed decisions regarding the management and conservation of Georgia’s coastal resources.

GIS Data & Resources

Interactive Web Map (new!)

Landcover change, southeast Georgia (1974-2005)

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Data source: Georgia Land Use Trends (GLUT)

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.