The Sapelo Island Reserve’s stewardship program incorporates elements of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into the education, research, coastal training and volunteer programs, while protecting Reserve resources for scientific research, monitoring and educational purposes.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The Reserve is actively engaged in the collection and distribution of information for a Geographic Information System (GIS). This priority will serve many interested parties. The existing GIS laboratory on Sapelo Island has been expanded to accommodate equipment for Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices and a database with digital historical and recently created research-based maps. Through the Reserve System’s Stewardship Program, the Reserve’s GIS laboratory houses these resources and make them available in the form of an online database for visiting scientists, resource managers and other interested parties.