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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 higher.

With the introduction of web-based products 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 software which can combine the best of both worlds:

  • Accuracy in weather prediction and monitoring
    A key advantage of using GIS software to monitor weather is the increased accuracy that comes with high resolution mapping software. Knowing precisely where the weather threats are located in relation to your exact location is a must when you are responsible for making life-or-death decisions.

  • Integration with standardized GIS formats
    Millions of datasets comprising petabytes of data already exist in the form of standardized GIS formats like ESRI Shapefiles, Digital Elevation Models, GeoTIFF, and Geographic Markup Language. A modern-day GIS engine would support all of these formats giving you the flexibility to custom-tailer basemap and foreground layers with weather data.

  • Repurposing weather data for specific uses
    Canned weather content from the web may be helpful for novices. But anyone serious about weather tracking needs the ability to customize how the data is rendered. GIS software provides sophisticated

  • Collision-detection and alerting

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