​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

  • Working with USGS Topographic Maps: Converting GeoPDF to JPEG2000

    This blog posting will build on the "Working with USGS Topographic Maps: Converting GeoPDF to GeoTIFF" blog post, and detail how these GeoPDFs can be converted into a more "GIS-friendly" format such as the JP2. This blog will walk you through the process of writing a basic script to convert the GeoPDF into a JPEG2000, and then how to edit the resulting JP2s so they can be used to create seamless basemaps.

  • Working with USGS Topographic Maps: Converting GeoPDF to GeoTIFF

    This blog posting will introduce working with the US Topographic maps in GeoPDF format, and how they can be converted into a more "GIS-friendly" format such as GeoTIFF. This blog will walk you through the process of writing a basic script to convert the GeoPDF into a GeoTIFF, and then how to edit the resulting GeoTIFFs so they can be used to create seamless basemaps.

  • Using the National Map Viewer to Download US Topo Maps

    This short blog will quickly walk you through downloaded the newest topographic maps for an areas of your choosing from the National Map Viewer. This free download platform provides users with access to free topographic data for the entire country.