Weather & Geography

Weather Defender was built on top of a robust, industrial-strength GIS engine. At its core, Weather Defender is sophisticated mapping software. But why is that important? And why should it make a difference in how you predict and monitor weather threats?

In recent years, there has been an explosion of activity in the computerized mapping industry (known as Geographic Information Systems, or GIS for short). Advances in Internet-based GIS platforms and the rapid adoption of broadband have allowed countries, states, and cities to start distributing geographic datasets of their territories through their own websites. The availability of geographic data has never been greater.

With the introduction of web-based products like Terra Server, Google Maps, Virtual Earth, and Google Earth, Microsoft and Google have brought GIS into the mainstream. Millions of people across the world with relatively little formal training are now advancing the field of GIS.

At the same time, government and private weather agencies have been harnessing these advances to provide more accurate, more timely weather information to their customers by distributing weather data in standardized GIS formats.

The integration of Weather and GIS is a natural fit, and many advantages exist for solutions which can combine the best of both worlds:


Enhanced resolution for smarter decision making

Enhanced resolution for smarter decision making



GIS engines allows integration with standardized GIS data

GIS engines allows integration with standardized GIS data



Repurpose weather data with contouring features in Weather Defender

Repurpose weather data with contouring features in Weather Defender





The combination of these GIS capabilities, including broadband Internet access and compatibility with a broad range of weather data, make Weather Defender a powerful tool for weather safety preparedness.

Combine powerful tools with the know-how of Safety Coordinators, Emergency Managers, and First Responders, and you have a strong defense.