The Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory was established in December 2005. It uses state of the art GIS and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology together with computers to analyze digital map data and images relating to Florida Citrus. The lab serves students and faculty in both their coursework and research. The lab operates the latest versions of ArcGIS, ArcPad, ERDAS and ArcIMS software. Services provided include geostatistical analysis, yield mapping, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), assistance with capturing GPS data and image analysis. The lab also provides instruction in the use of GIS software.
Core functions of the GIS Lab:
- Conduct training and guidance for faculty, staff and students on the basics of GIS/GPS, geostatistics and their use in field research.
- Assist CREC faculty in obtaining, incorporating, editing, and reprojecting geospatial data and create high quality visualization maps such as yield or canopy maps.
- Create a “library” of GIS resources useful in agriculture such as aerial/satellite photography, digital elevation models (DEMs), network analysis, GIS scripts and extensions, maps of many kinds (soils, water, land use, topography, roads, utilities, etc.), and equipment available to scientists and growers.
- Provide user support for any specialized GIS/GPS hardware and software that uses GIS technology, such as variable rate equipment (e.g. MidTech, DICKEY-john).