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Alaska Geology GIS — Databases and Information Analysis


    This project is designed to assist Alaskan Geology research projects by building digital geoscience data sets for analysis, distribution, and publication. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is a valuable asset for storing, analyzing, and displaying various types of data in a geographic framework. However, the complexity of the technology can be a burden to individual projects, diverting staff and funds away from basic research responsibilities. The Alaska GIS project centralizes GIS capabilities and supports all GIS needs of the Alaska Science Center's Geology office. This not only includes the creation, delivery, and maintenance of regional spatial geoscience data sets, but also assistance in spatial analyses of the data.




    Relevance and Impact

    Production and distribution of usable digital data sets and map products are important aspects of the Mineral Resources Program. The Alaska GIS project creates and delivers digital data sets upon which USGS customers can perform complex computer analyses. The data sets produced can be used by a wide range of internal and external users of regional-scale geologic information. The data sets are standardized structurally so that individual data sets can be combined to build regionial or statewide data sets. In addition, the compiled standardized data sets will enhance the Program's ability to access and analyze mineral-resource data.


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