​Advancing Geospatial Solutions for Environmental Challenges

The Environmental Data Center is the center of technical expertise in GIS for the state of Rhode Island.  The (EDC) is a Geographic Information System (GIS) and spatial data analysis laboratory in the University of Rhode Island's Department of Natural Resources Science, College of the Environment and Life Science.  Major areas of research at the EDC are spatial data modeling, ecological mapping, and data integration for environmental applications. 

The mission of the EDC is to support the use of contemporary tools of spatial data processing and electronic dissemination in the analysis and distribution of environmental data. This is achieved through collaborative research with faculty in the Department of Natural Resources Science and projects with agencies external to URI.

EDC Blog

  • Northeast Ocean Data - a New England Ocean Data Resource

    Northeast Ocean Data (NEOD) is a decision support tool and information resource for ocean data users from the Gulf of Maine to Long Island Sound. Maintained by a diverse Working Group, NEOD is comprised of data, tools and information from a variety of organizations, such as Applied Science Associates, The Nature Conservancy, NOAA Office for Coastal Management and SeaPlan, to name a few.

  • ArcGIS Online - public profile

    Allow yourself to be invited to collaborate with colleagues.  Be sure your ArcGIS Online profile is public and your Organizational Role allows you to join external groups.

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    We post links to many online mapping viewers on Facebook.