​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

  • Customizing US National Grid Maps for Post-Storm Recovery

    This blog posting will introduce the U.S. National Grid, a grid-based reference system used in search and rescue operations. Here, we will introduce where to download data for your area, and how to make this data useful in the form of Map Books.

  • Introducing the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal

    This new viewer from the USGS provides GIS and non-GIS users with important coastal change information for the entire United States. Here, users can search, view, share, save and downloaded a multitude of coastal change data.

  • Creating a Mosaic Dataset from Orthophotos

    This blog posts builds off of the "Utilizing the Hurricane Sandy Response Imagery Viewer" post, and details how to create a mosaic dataset out of the imagery downloaded from this NOAA operated site.