State’s photographic map gets much-needed update

February 9, 2017

Last month, planes took to the air for a mission over Arkansas. These weren’t crop dusters or military. Instead, these planes’ continuing mission is to make a photographic map of Arkansas.

The photos taken of the ground are shot from 10,000 feet. The photos that are taken have a 1-foot resolution.

Shelby Johnson, director for Arkansas GIS Office, spoke to a gathering of county-level lawmakers from Independence, Fulton, Sharp, Izard and Lonoke counties about the project — and how they could benefit from it — while at the Barnett Building in downtown Batesville last Thursday.

GIS refers to geographic information system, which is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present spatial or geographic data. The Arkansas GIS uses it for a wide range of data purposes, such as boundaries, climatology, elevation and imagery.

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