Geographic Information Systems

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Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system for assembling, storing, manipulating and displaying data which contains physical locations (geographic coordinates) of features (fire hydrants, streets, parcels), and information about those features (attribute data). GIS links the location of features to information (such as people to addresses, buildings to parcels, or streets within a network) and layers that information to give you a better understanding of how it all works together. GIS is most often associated with maps.

In the City of Merced GIS is a function of the Public Works Department and used to support all City Departments in the creation of maps, and as tool to support decision-making in areas such as planning, design, maintenance, repair, and emergency response.

This website contains static maps that can be viewed or printed using Adobe Acrobat. The maps will print on standard letter sized paper and are specific to locations within the City. In addition to the maps there are links to other GIS websites that offer more maps or information about available GIS resources.