Category Archives: GIS

How to Help the Texas Coast Using GIS

Millions of people have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, and many more are looking for some way to help. Information is needed on the effects of the damage so that officials can move forward with coordinating recovery efforts. Organizations such as GISCorps, … Continue reading

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National Environmental Policy Act – NEPA Checklist

NEPA, or the National Environmental Policy Act, has been an essential part of the EPA since it was signed into law in 1970. As one of the first major environmental laws created in the United States, NEPA has been described … Continue reading

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Banks Geomapping Solutions is Now Part of Banks Environmental Data

To better serve our customers, we have combined Banks Geomapping Solutions with the Environmental Data division so many of you already know and love. With this merge, we are excited to announce that Banks Environmental Data is now offering a full suite … Continue reading

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Innovations in Geography – Understanding Communities through GIS

During the 2016 Texas GIS Forum hosted by TNRIS, Dr. Nazgol Bagheri made history as the first female keynote.  Dr. Bagheri is a trained architect and urban planner currently serving as an Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science and … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from Banks Environmental Data

In honor of a holiday best known for turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes we decided to bring a bit of history to the table. The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 – almost four centuries ago. During this time, explorers were … Continue reading

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The Global Positioning System (GPS)

As most of us are aware by now, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is the omnipresent force that allows our smartphones and other devices to know where we are located on the globe. It is used in navigation, ecology, advertising, … Continue reading

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Historical Maps and Aerials: Looking to the Past to Plan for the Future

With the innovations in satellite and drone technology in recent years, procuring highly detailed aerials and topographic maps of a site is becoming easier than ever. Current, high-quality maps and imagery can be used to help farmers identify trouble spots … Continue reading

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) fundamentals

Much of our work at Banks involves GIS software. We thought we’d give you some background on these tools. GIS, which stands for geographic/geospatial information systems, is a software tool used for analyzing the spatial components of any given data … Continue reading

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Topographic Maps Through History…and Beyond!

The U.S. Geological Survey and their predecessors have been providing topographic maps of the United States for over 125 years, and have worked to integrate new technologies into their practices along the way. According to their official website, the U.S. … Continue reading

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How to map points from Excel in Google Earth Pro

Environmental professionals often use Google Earth as an inexpensive way to view and analyze data. In February, we wrote about the relaunch of Google Earth Pro as a FREE program available to anybody with a computer. One of the key advantages … Continue reading

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Google Earth Pro is now free

Google Earth is a useful tool that allows you to explore any location in the world. You can view different imagery layers and even overlay a few historical aerials. The search features allow you to zoom anywhere in the world … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania to form Geospatial Coordinating Board

Last November, the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a bill to establish the Geospatial Coordinating Board. This board will consolidate maps and data from all levels of government to create a central repository for geospatial information.

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New historical research platform: Google Earth Engine

Google has done it again. They’ve found another way to use technology to improve lives. With the help of Imazon, a non-profit research institution that promotes sustainable development in the Amazon through research, Google has developed Google Earth Engine.

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Top Environmental Prose posts from 2014

As we start the new year it is interesting to look back and reflect on last year’s most popular posts here on Environmental Prose. Here are our most viewed posts from last year. How to convert Google KMZ files and … Continue reading

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Orphan Sites: Why they exist and how we address them

No, we’re not talking about Orphan Annie here! If you have ever worked on an environmental site assessment (ESA), you may be familiar with the term “orphan site,” or may know it as an “unmapped site.” An orphan site is … Continue reading

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