Upon its initial development in the 1960s, the computerized Geographic Information System (GIS) made it possible to view, manipulate and analyze huge amounts of geographical data, and to do so to a degree of detail and flexibility undreamt of only a generation before.
Even so today's advanced GIS systems, coupled with access to near-infinitely detailed geographical and demographical data, are an invaluable tool to researchers, educators, agencies, institutions and others for whom spatial information and analysis are essential.
Baylor's Center for Spatial Research (CSR) provides GIS and other services to local, state and federal agencies, the cities of Waco, Woodway and Whitney, the U.S. EPA, USDA, and the Army Corps of Engineers.
In further evidence of the important contribution GIS makes to research of all kinds, the CSR currently enjoys collaborative research relationships with many Baylor departments, institutes and centers.
This versatility on projects ranging from water quality and wastewater treatment research to airborne remote sensing, wildfire ecology and renewable energy has easily earned the CSR the prime space in the BRIC it now occupies.