Spatial Analysis Center
The Spatial Analysis Center uses computerized geographic information to track cultural and natural resources, detect trends over time, and model ecological processes. The key to this technology is the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software. GIS provides a look at Yellowstone's resources through a multi-feature, multi-dimensional view, allowing for analysis of park resources from a completely new perspective. Park managers use the results of the center's analysis to aid decision-making concerning park resources.
The center has currently completed a soil survey and a landform layer. Potential future projects include a spatial geothermal inventory and a model of blister rust infestation in whitebark pine.
Yellowstone Park Foundation funding provided GIS software used in the Spatial Analysis Center. The Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to fund projects and programs that protect, preserve and enhance Yellowstone National Park.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.