"GIS are any set of tools or technologies used to collect, integrate, store, edit, analyze, share, or display geographic information. GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries, analyze spatial information, edit data in maps, and present the results of all these operations."
The GIS Laboratory is located in 311 North Mudd on the Caltech Campus. Currently, the lab has eight PCs, and a large central table serves as a meeting site and work area for laying out project maps.
The GIS Lab hosts ESRI, ENVI/IDL, and Matlab, making these available throughout the GPS Division network. Researchers use the lab for compiling and digitizing spatial and attribute data, interpreting geologic and geophysical data, and producing publication-quality maps and figures.
For those interested in GIS or just getting started, many useful resources can be accessed under the GIS Resources page.
The GIS Lab also provides field laptops and GPS receivers to members of the GPS Division free of charge for use in research or for classes. To learn more about Field Equipment, please click here for more information.