GIS with Coastal and Marine Research at the AWI
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used by a broad variety of AWI scientists for the storage, retrieval, treatment, analysis, and display of geographically referenced data. GIS is a particularly powerful tool to facilitate the integration of data from multiple disciplines, including the physical sciences and life sciences. Examples of AWI research projects that have applied GIS to interdisciplinary studies include Arctic coastal mapping to integrate physical structure with other biodiversity elements, and North Sea projects that combine remote sensing data with intertidal species studies for advanced biotope studies.
The AWI’s increasing focus on interdisciplinary research and cross connections between departments is a core element for the institute – as outlined in our research planning strategy: Marine, Coastal and Polar Systems (MARCOPOLI), and our science planning program now under development: Polar regions And Coasts in a changing Earth System (PACES). The AWI’s GIS infrastructure with GIS databases are well positioned to contribute to this strategy, facilitating data interoperability, and access of multi-scale, interdisciplinary research data.
For additional information on GIS at the AWI, follow the links on the left of this page for infrastructure, hardware, software, and projects.