Visualizing the Great Lakes, High-Tech Mapping - View the video

David Hart

David Hart
Geographic Information System Outreach Specialist
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

David Hart joined the Wisconsin Sea Grant Advisory Services team in 2002, after working with Sea Grant on coastal geographic information system (GIS) applications through the UW-Madison Land Information and Graphics Facility. GIS integrates hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. A well-known use for GIS is Google Earth. Before coming to Madison, David worked as a city planner in New Orleans, and used GIS on a volunteer basis to help with rebuilding the city after Hurricane Katrina. As one of the few full-time Sea Grant GIS specialists in the country, David provides assistance to local governments and other coastal constituents in the areas of coastal hazards, land use, floodplain management and water quality. David holds an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Land Resources from the UW-Madison.

Ever wonder how Google Earth does what it does? Lots of data crunching by computers. It’s just one example of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems. This session explores the work of David Hart, who uses geographic information system tools like Google Earth to visualize the many aspects of the Great Lakes, which help make decisions about management, recreation and more. This session gives an overview of GIS and shows students how they too can make a career out of high-tech mapping and more. (Running Time 23:39)