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About NREL GIS

NREL's Geographic Information System (GIS) team analyzes renewable energy resources and many other data sources to determine which energy technologies are viable solutions across the globe and inputs the data into a geographic information system.

GIS is a computer-based system used to manipulate, manage, and analyze multidisciplinary geographic and related attribute data. The GIS system is composed of hardware, software, data, and expertise. Using a GIS system allows the user to perform several tasks, including data capture, data management, data manipulation, data analysis, and presentation of results in graphic or report forms.

All information in GIS is linked to a spatial reference used to store and access data. GIS data layers can be recombined or manipulated and analyzed with other layers of information. The GIS allows researchers to identify relationships between features, within a common layer or across layers and data can be queried or manipulated based on tabular and/or spatial characteristics.

Capabilities

For more information about our services, NREL staff should contact a member of the GIS team. You can also review the tools and dynamic maps and data resources pages to see what we currently have available to assist your needs.