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Baruch Institute

Geographic Information Processing Lab

Dr. Dwayne E. Porter, Director

(The Geographic Information Processing Lab webpages are being revised and updated. 

In the interim, a synopsis of the lab's focus and contact information for Dr. Porter follows.)


The Geographic Information Processing Lab (GIP Lab) supports research that explores the increasingly important roles technology plays in monitoring, assessing, modeling and managing our environmental resources and associated health issues. Geospatial research of marine and estuarine issues requires specific biological, chemical, meteorological, geological, physical, and socioeconomic data related to the issue. The GIP Lab maintains spatial databases from various sources that are available to researchers, students, and resource managers.

The Baruch institute's short-term and long-term (decades) environmental monitoring of the relatively pristine North Inlet estuary, SC, have resulted in a comprehensive database of tidal, meteorological, chemical, and biological datasets. These monitoring efforts continue, and these data are supplemented by data collected from nearby sites having anthropogenic impacts. Archives of in situ and remotely sensed data and ongoing research and monitoring activities facilitate the development and maintenance of GIS data layers related to bacteriology, chemical contaminants, land use and land cover, eutrophication and nutrient loading, toxicology, and watershed dynamics. Varied data collection activities and resources have enabled both the Baruch Institute and the GIP Lab to compile extensive datasets from a variety of locations along the South Carolina coast.



Geographic Information Processing Laboratory
Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC  29208  USA

Office:  Discovery I Bldg, Room 518

Phone: (803) 777-4615
Fax: (803) 777-3391


Biographical Information

Dr. Porter holds a joint appointment with the Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences where he is director of the Geographic Information Processing Laborator, and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.  In addition he is on the faculty of the USC Marine Science Program and directs the activities of the NOAA NERRS Centralized Data Management Office located in Georgetown, SC.