A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer software for helping people to manage and make sense of geographical data. A GIS can be used to record, store, analyse, share and display any type of information that is linked to a location.
Just about anyone or anything can be associated with a location, be it a postal address, a neighbourhood, an administrative boundary, a habitat, an area of landscape and so on. By using GIS we are able to gain a better understanding of the patterns and trends that exist in the world around us, as well as combine geographic information to unlock valuable insights that would otherwise remain unnoticed.
In this way, Geographic Information Systems can be used to add value to information and help people to identify where ‘hotspots’ of opportunity or potential problems are located, which enables better planning, management and decision-making.
Geographic Information Systems can also be used to create spatial models for testing future scenarios and assessing risks, including climate change impacts, planning proposals, socio-economic development and much more.
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