GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. GIS is a tool that uses computer hardware and software to pose and answer questions by arranging and displaying geographic data in a variety of ways such as maps, charts, tables and statistics.
GIS combines layers of information to provide a better understanding of the county and its municipalities.
In a GIS, different types of features are contained in separate layers. Each layer deals with a different topic - roads, places, patterns of people, soil landscape data, or ecological zones; linked to both descriptive information (attributes) and geographic references (location). Layers can be combined, to see how attributes and locations interact or influence each other.
Huron County's GIS is a service provided to many different County departments, municipalities, conservation authorities, educators and the public to answer a wide range of questions. For instance, GIS can be used to:
- Plan school bus routes based on student addresses
- Study water consumption patterns
- Map sewer service areas and projected need
- Identify the best location for a new store
- Lay out neighbourhood newspaper delivery routes
- Analyze environmental damage along the lake
- View similar well water tests in a township to detect patterning, and
- Research changing wildlife habitat
Huron County's GIS data is created and retrieved from:
- Huron County Planning and Development Department
- Ministry of Natural Resources (Land Information Ontario)
- Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)
- Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA)
- Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA)
- Our surrounding counties and local municipalities