Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a method of computer mapping that links the mapped features to a database.
The RGCPS houses a 5-computer Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory, where faculty, students, and visiting researchers can work on planetary mapping projects. Our goal is to provide GIS-ready datasets of the individual planetary bodies, and expert assistance to researchers to aid them in completing their work.
Installed on each computer is ArcGIS 10.3, which includes the full suite of mapping tools: ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcEditor, and ArcGlobe, as well as JMars. Software for processing planetary images are also available: ISIS 3, developed by the USGS for processing Planetary Data System (PDS) images, and ENVI 4, which is used for multi-spectral image analysis.
Workshops to teach ArcGIS and ISIS 3 are in development.