GIS at Lehigh

What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data about the world around us. Rooted in geography, GIS integrates spatial location with layers of information. Early work in the field of GIS started in the 1960s to manage natural resources. Today, GIS is used in almost every field to aid decision making by visualizing and exploring data patterns, trends, and relationships.

Cartoon of GIS data layers
Credit: Vance County GIS Office

GIS at Lehigh

Here at Lehigh, students, faculty, and staff, have access to a suite of tools designed by Esri to build and work with GIS data. These tools, collectively known as ArcGIS, include desktop and online programs, and mobile applications. For ArcGIS desktop programs [ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) and ArcGIS Pro], users can either download and install the software directly onto their machine, or they can access the programs through LUapps, a virtualized software system. LUapps can be accessed both on campus and off-campus (over VPN). Online programs (ArcGIS Online) are available by visiting Lehigh’s enterprise site and logging in with your credentials. The video below, demonstrates logging into Lehigh’s ArcGIS portal:

For more information about how to set up your ArcGIS account at Lehigh, please see the GIS page provided by Lehigh’s Library & Technology Services.

For more information about the types of GIS support offered by Lehigh, through the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), please see CITL’s GIS webpage.