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What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data.  Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes.  With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and situations—helping users make smarter decisions.

What is Remote Sensing

Remote sensing is the process of detecting and monitoring the physical characteristics of an area by measuring its reflected and emitted radiation at a distance (typically from satellite or aircraft). Special cameras collect remotely sensed images, which help researchers "sense" things about the Earth. Some examples are:

  • Cameras on satellites and airplanes take images of large areas on the Earth's surface, allowing us to see much more than we can standing on the ground.

CAP Geospatial Team Goals

  • Augment FEMA and other federal, state and local agencies with GIS support

  • Support CAP vIMT’s in the field to improve situational awareness

  • Provide a new STEM skill set for Senior Members and Cadets to enhance their professional development that could lead to a military or civilian career

Geospatial Hub

The Civil Air Patrol Geographic Information Systems (CAP-GIS) Team provides geographically and spatially focused information insights, services, and solutions, enhancing situational awareness across CAP missions.  The CAP GIS Hub is the central location for accessing CAP GIS Data, tools and training information.

Civil Air Patrol's Partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Civil Air Patrol has an enduring partnership with FEMA that supports many mission areas, including GIS related work.  A video highlighting some recent partnership efforts is available below:

CAP FEMA 2020 Partnership Day Video


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