GIS More Than A Map?
To many people Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is just a convenient way of representing data in a geographical format. Essentially, a database that can print the pictures they need, but there is so much more behind the acronym. A GIS captures, stores, manipulates, analyses, manages and presents all types of geographically referenced data. This enables industries and agencies to plan, design, engineer, build and maintain modern infrastructure. For example environmental agencies can use this tool to identifying areas at risk from flooding or even list and manage resources within a given area. The University of Belize Environmental Research Institute (UB ERI) in accordance with the Water Centre for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) held a joint project to assess the potential impact of climate change on Belize’s water resources. From August 14th – 15th 2014, as a follow up participants were invited to learn the basics when working with Geographical Information Systems, using both the NSPECT and ArcSWAT applications for hydrological modelling. Registered applicants went through various exercises and presentations. From processing rainfall scenario data within the GIS application to applying and preparing land use data using N-SPECT. As key partners in water and climate change activities participants input was greatly appreciated as we continue to move forward.