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1. What is GIS an abreviation for?

Geographic Information System, an invaluable tool for data visualization and analysis

2. What is it?

- One way to look at it is, a method of making maps smart by attaching data to every entity on them.
- Another way to look at it is, an integration of tabular data and spatial data (called a geodatabase) coupled with computer software.

3. What does it do?

A GIS allows users to effectively capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information. One way to look at it is, a method of making maps smart by attaching data to every entity on them.

4. How is the data managed within a GIS?

GIS has thematic layers of information that contain groups of data such as Land area, reserves boundaries, management zones, habitat types , etc. Each layer is managed separately, allowing the comparison of different layers of information, or similar layers at different points in time.

5. How does it differ from a conventional database?

A conventional database enables you to answer a question such as, "What parcels in Caye Caulker are valued at $50,000 or more?", while a GIS will enable you to answer more specific questions such as, "What parcels in Caye caulker near the split are valued at $50,000 or more?" or "List all the owner of all piers on the island that are in poor condition?".

6. What are some of the uses of GIS for CZMAI?

Almost all local agencies decisions are influenced or constrained by some fact of geography. Some examples of how CZMAI can use their GIS are to:
⁃ Identify areas along the Coast that are fragile and need protection.
⁃ Use as a community planning tool to best integrate environmental, cultural, and political restrictions.

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