Is GIS in Water Resources Better or Different

by Roger T. Kilgore, GKY & Associates, Inc, Springfield, United States,
Michael N. Zatz, GKY & Associates, Inc, Springfield, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


The Geographic Information System (GIS) is a relatively new tool which, when applied properly, may greatly benefit the water resources analyst. GIS technology combines sophisticated graphical capabilities with standard database management systems to allow for more efficient use of an analyst's time and capabilities. However, it must be asked whether GIS technology allows for results which are better, or merely different, than its traditional counterparts. These counterparts include CAD and hand-drawn maps. Also of interest, is whether or not GIS is shifting emphasis from data analysis to data presentation. This question is addressed in this paper using a case study approach.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Water resources | Information systems | Systems management | Mapping | Case studies | Databases | Data analysis

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