APHIS is celebrating GIS Day on November 13 and joining others around the globe to recognize how geographic information system (GIS) technology is making a social impact and inspiring scientific education.
APHIS uses GIS technology to innovatively respond to animal and plant disease outbreaks and to collect, analyze, and visualize field data—empowering agency decision makers in new and effective ways.
A Little Background
More than 20 years ago, Jack Dangermond, the founder and president of Esri, envisioned people collaborating and sharing how GIS affects everyone. This led to the establishment of GIS Day, which was first observed in 1999.
Since then, with the rapid growth of geospatial technology, GIS Day has expanded into a global event for showcasing how geography and the real-world applications of GIS are making a difference in society. It's a chance for organizations to share their accomplishments and inspire others to discover and use GIS.
Here in APHIS
APHIS is an agency with diverse agricultural responsibilities. Our employees survey for pests and diseases, respond to disease outbreaks, evaluate and determine risks of disease introduction and spread, establish quarantine boundaries, and document and resolve wildlife damage.
GIS is critical to successfully completing our work. GIS tools and products not only help us to trace pests and diseases, but also assist in formulating policy and making informed decisions. GIS technology ensures we are more efficient in our work, which leads to cost savings, better recordkeeping, and improved communication internally and externally.
To celebrate GIS Day, APHIS is excited to share a new Story Map showing how we use GIS technology throughout the agency. Wildlife Services also recently created a video explaining GIS technology and how the program is using it.
What is GIS? And How Does Wildlife Services Use It?