A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a basic tool used by BCNecologia to help with strategic planning and decision making for the management of urban systems. GIS allows us to analyze data from various sources by displaying it visually on maps, and comparing it to relevant variables for interpretation.
Geographically referenced information, such as the location of a hospital or the number of residents in a given building, is the basis of GIS, providing the principal link between data attributes and visual representation. Geographic Information Systems can use these attributes to create simulation models for new scenarios within urban frameworks, and to come up with sustainable alternatives. The use of GIS and simulations are essential for the analysis of urban ecosystems.
<<GIS allows for the combination of graphic information with numbers and attributes, in order to visualize different scenarios. It is helpful to use when making decisions regarding urban elements such as services, pollution, green spaces, and building types>>