​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

  • Getting Started with GPS

    This blog contains information on training materials and other resources available for getting started using GPS technology, Google Earth and ArcGIS Online. 

  • Creating Custom Color Ramps in ArcMap

    Custom color ramps can allow you to better visualize your data to suit your needs. Here, you will learn how to create two color ramps for topobathy LiDAR - one for bathymetric elevations, and one for topographic elevations.

  • Visualizing Topobathy Digital Elevation Models (DEMs)

    Creating eye-catching visualizations is crucial to a memorable presentation. Here we will introduce an Esri tool that allows users to “split” a topobathy digital elevation model (DEM) into two separate rasters, allowing for better visualization for submerged and topographic elevations.