The Difference Between GPS and GIS


Most people are familiar with the global positioning system (GPS). After all, it is a technology that has become increasingly prevalent in day-to-day life, from navigation systems in cars to tracking the movement of wildlife in research programs. The geographic information system (GIS) is less well-known, but without GIS, GPS could not possibly be used to its full potential. GPS is a satellite-based navigation system, and GIS is a software program designed to store and manipulate the data that GPS accumulates. Each system has its own unique capabilities, but when paired together, they create an invaluable resource for a variety of disciplines, including urban planning, disaster management, and agriculture.

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