University of California
Informatics and GIS Program


Maps and data are central to ANR's research and extension mission. The IGIS Statewide Program supports ANR by providing support for GIS training, mapping tools, spatial data science, and the latest technologies for data collection, analysis, and visualization. Our goal is to ensure that all ANR local and statewide programs have the capacity to use the latest geospatial tools and science for all aspects of their outreach, extension, and research activities...  Read more

IGIS Services - People, Tools, Data


The GIS Service Center provides GIS and mapping services to projects across the ANR Network.  These projects range from custom cartography, GIS and spatial analysis, Web mapping, Mobile Application Development, and GIS consultation.  For more information please follow the following links.


IGIS Service Center Request Intake Process... Read FAQ

Help Request Form

Please use the following form to request assistance from the IGIS Service Center... Request Help


List of current and past IGIS Service Center Projects... See list of Projects


We offer a variety of hands-on workshops throughout California on GIS, web mapping, remote sensing, GPS and drone mapping. These workshops are tailored to the interests of ANR staff and their collaborators, and represent a shared effort between IGIS and the UC Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF). Follow-up support is available through our online office hours and online training resources.


Research drones provide an unparalleled ability to create high resolution maps of vegetation cover, including the three-dimensional structure and chemical properties invisible to the naked eye. We use quad-copter drones and multi-spectral cameras to map crop health, surface hydrology, canopy structure, and a host of other applications. In addition to training, we offer drone mapping services to ANR staff and their collaborators. Read more.

Office Hours


2017 in Review: Focused on the Long Wave of Progress

Sean Hogan testifies at a NIFA Listening Session, Sacramento

It's amazing how quickly 2017 flew by. The dominant theme of current events this year seemed to be that of change, and not always for the better. But as the news cycle spins faster and faster, we in IGIS continued to focus on the long wave of progress,...

Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12:18 PM
Tags: IGIS (49), Year in Review (1)

IGIS and UCCE assess the spread of fire in Sonoma and Napa Counties


Recently I was fortunate to work with the IGIS team in Santa Rosa and Sonoma to explore why so many homes and buildings were lost in the October Tubbs and Nuns Fires.  With the IGIS's Shane Feirer we collected drone-based video to record how...

Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 2:34 PM
Tags: Drone (4), Fires (1), IGIS (49), Napa (1), Sonoma (1), UAV (8), UCCE (2), Yana Valachovic (1)

USDA Considers Switching NAIP Imagery to a License Model

Intermountain REC, Tulelake, CA<br/>False Color Composite Image, NAIP 2016

The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) is a USDA service which has been collecting aerial imagery once a year during the growing season for the entire continental US. Established in 2003, the images are taken from airplanes and then...

Posted on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:56 AM
Tags: GIS Data (1), IGIS (49), NAIP (1)

ESRI Imagery Education Summit


ESRI held its first ‘Imagery Education Summit' in Redlands California this week, and even though I came with high expectations, I was still pleasantly surprised with the caliber of the summit's presentations.  It is very difficult to pick out...

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6:28 PM
Tags: Education (1), ESRI (11), Imagery (5), Summit (1)

GIS and Remote Sensing Workshop with CERES Imaging

Me at CERES Workshop

Last week IGIS was very pleased to partner with CERES Imaging Inc. ( to provide a workshop on GIS and Remote Sensing for Crop Agriculture, in Davis CA.  This particular event represents an example of how UC ANR's IGIS...

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6:09 PM
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