Besides providing valuable information to student and faculty researchers, a new center under construction in the UM-Flint Earth and Resource Science Department could aid local and regional government and private businesses in making important decisions.
University officials recently approved the development of a Geographic Information Systems Center. Geographic Information Systems consist of computer software programs capable of inputting, displaying, and analyzing any data with location information, and the means to produce maps from those data.
Because of their mapping and analytical capabilities, Geographic Information Systems, locally, might be used to help figure out where the best location is for a sanitary landfill. They work by manipulating different layers of data, primarily through the process of overlay.