Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GIS Software

There are several desktop GIS software that can be utilized to visualize, manipulate, and analyze geospatial data. These include:

  • ArcGISThe Esri ArcGIS platforms, including the traditional ArcGIS Desktop and the more recent ArcGIS Pro, can run on Windows OS and has a robust set of tools to perform advanced geospatial analysis.  
  • QGIS: QGIS is an open-source GIS software that is available to use for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. It is a true desktop GIS that can perform advanced geospatial analysis and has an extensive library of plugins (>300).   
  • Google Earth Pro: Google Earth Pro can be used to visualize, assess, create/upload, or overlay geospatial data. It is often used to complement other GIS software.
  • R: R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics, and can also be used to create maps.