Spatial Data Visualization

GSS believes that the value of data is defined by its accessibility and presentation. If end-users cannot access the data they need or understand the data in front of them, then we have not done our job as GIS professionals.

When it comes to data accessibility, every step is taken to ensure we are providing clean data that is easy to access; from organized databases, appropriate attribution, or even metadata standards set by the Federal Geographic Data Committee.

The art of cartography is not lost here at GSS. We have mastered the skill of static map making and can confidently say those skills have translated over into the dynamic world of web maps. Due to the wide variety in consumers of our data, we take pride in creating maps that anyone, from the scientific community to the public, can understand.

Jemez Mountains, New Mexico Story Map

An Esri Story Map was created to highlight the wetland and riparian area delineation and classification work GSS completed in the Jemez Mountains; an area located in north-central New Mexico. The data created was for the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) Wetlands Program. This project is part of a larger effort to protect and restore New Mexico’s remaining wetlands and to increase self-sustaining, naturally functioning wetlands and riparian areas for the benefit of the state into the future.

The Jemez Mountains Story Map is being used to not only display wetland and riparian area data, but to provide the user with information on wetland functionality (i.e. aquatic invertebrate habitat, carbo sequestration, streamflow maintenance). Through this dynamic interface, the user can remotely view the wetlands located in the Jemez Mountains landscape.

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Student Enrollment Map

To highlight Saint Mary's University of Minnesota student (undergraduate, graduate, and online) enrollment for the 2015 academic year, GSS created a map showing where, both nationally and internationally, students came from. Even though the map is displaying generalized data, the layout helps the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota community and visitors to the campus visualize and understand the diversity in where our students come from.


Alaska Park Maps

National Park Service (NPS) resource managers in Alaska were in need of park wide imagery and base cartographic data at an appropriate scale to support informed management decision making. To address this need, an initiative was launched to create unit wide, annotated, satellite image maps for each of the Alaska National Park units. This project was a collaborative effort between the NPS Alaska Region Inventory and Monitoring Landcover Mapping Program and the Alaska Regional Office (AKRO) GIS Team which engaged the cooperation of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota to assist with the preparation of these maps.  These maps consist of a composite satellite image backdrop, created by mosaicing and color balancing multiple images, combined with detailed annotation that identifies visible natural and anthropogenic features across the map area. The maps also include linear boundaries that demark the extent of the park unit and international borders.

British Petroleum (BP) Project

Over the years, GSS has assisted BP with a variety of geospatial projects, from converting data to a digital format compatible with ArcGIS to the creation of datasets for use in risk analysis. GSS also developed the OneCall web application for ArcGIS Server, which converted the existing BP internet mapping site (IMS) to an updated version of ArcServer while maintaining the functionality of the original IMS. The purpose of the application was to enable efficient internet-based delivery of the North American BP pipeline database, including spatial data display, overlay, navigation tools, drawing, and print functionalities.