WELCOME TO USF ST. PETERSBURG CAMPUS GIS DAY WEBSITE!
GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, represents computer software, data, and solutions that are used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide in government, education, and business. The backbone of Google Earth and MapQuest utilizes GIS. This is an emerging field in Information Technology that is being used every day to make our lives better, but very few of us know about it. The goal of GIS Day is to help educate high school students as well as the public at large on the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS) and computer-aided mapping. This is one of the fastest growing fields that will need trained professionals.
It will be great to introduce your students to such an exciting field of Information Technologies where we process satellite data, integrate GPS data, and use programming scripts such as visual basic and JAVA.
What is GIS Day?
GIS Day is a global event for thousands of users of GIS technology to educate the public and demonstrate GIS technology at schools and organizations around the world. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus hosts our own GIS Day each year. The event consists of presentations, demonstrations, and fun, interactive activities for students. We encourage teachers to participate and bring their students to our campus. We provide GIS curriculum, lesson plans, and software to your teachers so they can use this exciting technology in their class.
We demonstrate use of remote sensing technologies (satellite image processing for both visible and hyper-spectral sensors). We will show how remote sensing is being used to map harmful algae blooms, sea-surface temperature, and land use change.
Various local, state, and federal agencies, as well as businesses, participate in this event to demonstrate how GIS is used to problem solve and trouble-shoot in such areas as environmental protection, pollution, health care, land use, natural resources, conservation, business efficiency, education and social inequities. The application even helps the police to map crime activity.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas, please feel free to contact us at 727-873-4807. We look forward to the successful joint-education opportunity and exchange of GIS technology in our schools!