You use them every day. From asking your smartphone to find the best route to a concert, to guiding the efficient arrival of emergency services when you need them most, geospatial technologies are the tools that merge our physical surroundings with the technology we need to navigate our world.
Not only are we reliant on it for everyday tasks, so are the businesses, industries and agencies that make decisions on things like natural resources management, security, recreation, healthcare, transportation and utilities. Every day, the need for geospatial technologies gains momentum: from self-driving cars to drones delivering packages, to mapping our planet’s changes for assessing the impact of climate change – geospatial technologies are the foundation for how we live today and how we will navigate our futures.
With all of this in mind, the seven campuses of the University of Maine are partnering with agencies, industries and communities to build a central resource to take on geospatial science and technology as a collaborative project in which everyone can participate. This resource is the Maine Geospatial Institute.
World GIS Day:
Are you here to learn more about MGI’s celebration of World GIS Day on November 18, 2020? Check out the events we’re planning and register now!
In the News:
October 5, 2020
Read about a project using machine learning technology to pinpoint colonial nesting birds in photos captured by cameras mounted in unmanned aerial vehicles, featuring Dr. Cynthia Loftin of the Maine Geospatial Institute.
New data science project to model range shifts of hundreds of plant and animal species in New England
September 21, 2020
Read about an interdisciplinary research initiative designed to predict species movement in New England, featuring Dr. Matthew Dube of the Maine Geospatial Institute.
September 15, 2020
Listen to National Public Radio’s Maine Calling discussion on sea-level rise, featuring Dr. Tora Johnson of the Maine Geospatial Institute.