GIS is a versatile and highly adaptive technology that can be applied to virtually any field. From history to biology, from medicine to criminology, GIS makes data come to life, and we can help you find ways to make GIS work for you.
The GIS Program at Washington College is heavily invested in learning how to create realistic 3D visualizations of the world around us both in the modern day, and in the past.
Mapping, predictive modeling, and other decision-support tools help to guide solutions that meet the needs of species and ecosystems. In the GIS lab, we analyze and visualize spatial data to better understand threats to biodiversity, as well as the social, political and economic forces at play in the world. The College uses GIS to map estuarine bottoms and to better understand benthic habitats, to put forth plans for sustaining agriculture in Talbot County, to inventory tree canopy as part of its Urban Greening project with the Town of Chestertown, to monitor soil and bird populations, assess native grassland restoration efforts, and to guide long-term management decisions and the potential for new research (such as biofuels) at Chino Farms.
GIS can be used to map the locations of historical resources in our community. These historical site locations can then be connected to information gathered from sources such as the manuscript census record or old maps and images of these locations. This allows for the easy exploration of multiple records to better understand the history behind the site.
The Washington College GIS Program is funded by the Maryland
Highway Safety Office (MHSO) to provide mapping and analysis
support to reduce impaired driving in the state of Maryland, and to improve data quality and accessibility for statewide crash and
One of the most fundamental and practical uses of GIS in our society is to map the infrastructure that we all depend on for our daily existence. GIS is used to map sewer lines and manholes, water lines and valves, electrical utilities, telecommunication facilities, transportation features, natural gas lines and more. By linking the location of these spatial infrastructure features to information, GIS provides the ability to effectively manage this infrastructure and make sure that it is properly maintained.
GIS is used to map known archaeological resources for cultural resource management purposes and can also be used to predict where unknown sites are located based on analysis of the existing geospatial characteristics of known sites.
The GIS Program at Washington College is heavily invested in the community and world around us. Here you can see how our Weyr Media team uses social media and Web Design to empower local and national businesses.
In the summer of 2011, Washington College started on a pilot project with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to see how undergraduate students could do open source research that might benefit NGA’s peripheral vision by examining countries that are on the periphery of the attention of national intelligence concerns.
The GIS Lab creates maps for a variety of different businesses, organizations, and clients on a variety of subjects. Here are some examples of these mapping projects.
This page showcases the GIS Lab’s academic projects, including projects that are made with the various software that we use in the lab.
Local area schools are a great opportunity for the GIS Lab to help in the community. We work with teachers across the state to bring GIS into the classrooms and allow children at early age to get hands on experience in the ever growing field of GIS.