​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

  • Developing a Topobathy Digital Elevation Model (DEM)

    Topobathy LiDAR is the combination, or parallel collection of traditional terrestrial LiDAR and bathymetric LiDAR. Here we will walk through the process of creating a high-quality topobathy Digital Elevation Model utilizing a portion of the 2014 NOAA National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Topobathy LiDAR data.

  • ArcGIS Online - Story Map Management

    Check out this new website, My Stories.  This website provides an easy way to manage your story maps.  Once logged in, using your public or organizational account, you will see each of your story maps listed.  You will also see the web maps that are feeding your story map and the layers used.  Find out more in this detailed Blog post from ESRI.