Description of Initiative:
The Missouri Geologic Survey, part of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has implemented GeoSTRAT – the Geosciences Technical Resource Assessment Tool. GeoSTRAT is a web application that enables users to easily visualize and explore geospatial data using an interactive 3D map. Available data include geologic maps; locations of springs, sinkholes, and mines; and groundwater information. Data can also be downloaded in formats compatible with a variety of free and commercial mapping software.
Throughout the Missouri Geologic Survey’s 160-year history, a significant amount of geologic and hydrologic data has been collected and a large number of geologic and related maps have been produced. All of this information has been available to the public upon request. Fulfilling those requests often took considerable staff time and formerly included manual compilation of separate pieces of information.
GeoSTRAT enables the Survey to provide information in a 21st century format to make it accessible to citizens, city planners, industry representatives, academia, and others. GeoSTRAT can be used for data assessments in a variety of disciplines including hazards assessment, environmental consulting and engineering, local and regional planning, insurance assessment, and more.
Results to Date:
In the four months since implementation, there have been more than 4,000 site visits to the map, and data layers have been downloaded more than 6,100 times. This has increased productivity for interested citizens, governments, and businesses and has also saved considerable staff time.
IT Policy Director
Missouri Department of Natural Resources