What is GIS?
Geospatial information science, or geographic information system (GIS), is a "framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data (Esri, 2019)." There are many applications of GIS, spanning a wide variety of disciplines. Some examples include:
Biological Sciences: migration patterns, species diversity, fisheries management
Health Sciences: epidemiology, noise pollution
Emergency Services: wildfire spread, missing person location, least-cost paths to accident sites
Environmental Sciences: soil/groundwater contamination, drainage networks, erosion, pollution
Northwestern University Library (NUL), independently and in partnership with other units, consults with and educates to ensure that students, faculty, and staff can pursue their research using an array of geospatial data, methods, analysis, and visualization tools. NUL cultivates an institutional environment of experts to maximize NU geospatial resources.