Informatics and GIS Program
University of California
Informatics and GIS Program

About IGIS

The IGIS Statewide Program is ANR's primary resource for geospatial knowledge and innovation. Geospatial tools and technology play a role in nearly everything ANR focuses on, from agricultural research and extension, to management of forest and rangelands, to community engagement. IGIS serves as a bridge and innovation leader for all local and statewide programs, providing support for spatial tools and developing new applications of spatial data technology.

We serve ANR through four approaches.

  1. Training and technical support. Through workshops and webinars, we provide training on a range of topics from basic GIS instruction, remote sensing, applications of spatial analysis for different fields, webGIS, drone mapping, working with spatial data, etc. We also distribute software licenses to ANR staff, and provide assistance with research proposals, data management strategies, etc.

Our Vision

IGIS envisions an ANR where all local and statewide research and extension programs integrate cutting edge geospatial tools into project planning, analysis, implementation, and communication.

IGIS will be ANR’s leader for geospatial knowledge and innovation, meeting the growing demand for tools, data, training, and support across the ANR Continuum.


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  1. Project assistance. When training is not enough, our staff can work directly on projects for ANR Advisors and Specialists. We support a range of roles, including spatial analysis, cartography, web maps, and site mapping with drones and GPS.

  2. Data discovery, collection, and management. In addition to helping ANR staff locate and work with publicly available spatial data, we develop data collection systems including mobile data collection apps and landscape mapping with UAVs (drones). We also develop and support ANR's infrastructure for accessing historical research data and novel datasets, such as gas flux measurements from ANR's network of Flux towers.

  3. R&D. Geospatial technology is constantly evolving, as is the diversity and volume of spatial data. We monitor developments in the industry and keep ANR Advisors and Specialists up-to-date. We also conduct applied research using cutting-edge technologies like thermal sensors for drones, and document the results, workflows, and lessons learned for the Division.


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