Annual Reports

Projects and Activities 2016

Executive Summary

The West Virginia GIS Technical Center, located in the Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University, provides focus, direction, statewide coordination, and leadership to users of geographic information systems (GIS), digital mapping and remote sensing within the State of West Virginia. The Center was established by Executive Order 4-93 to provide coordination and technical support in the development and operation of geographic information systems (GIS) for the State.

The Center maintains two major web portals to distribute spatial data and information in the State. The WV GIS Clearinghouse ( catalogs over 300 unique datasets valued at more than $50 million dollars, while ( provides a public gateway to online mapping resources in the Mountain State. These geospatial services are distributed through virtualized servers located at the Center with a storage capability of 120 TB. Web usage statistics reveal that over the last four quarters, the WV GIS Technical Center’s site hosted an average of 464 visitors a day for a total of 170,150 visits by 60,869 unique visitors. Its companion site,, hosted 223,276 unique visitors for an average of 1,229 visits per day

Mapping applications continue to remain an important focus of the WV GIS Technical Center. The Center created a new internet mapping application to help businesses and researchers explore unconventional energy resources (, such as Marcellus shale gas resources, throughout the nation. It rolled out a new viewer to support the National Carbon Sequestration Program. The Center updated the statewide Flood Mapping Portal, the WV Trout Stocking Portal, the State Historic Preservation Mapping Portal, and updated the state’s mapping viewer.

To reduce the duplication of costly data development efforts among organizations, the Center plays a crucial role in not only serving critical spatial data to state users but in updating and integrating local geospatial data within state and national geospatial databases. These framework data layers are utilized by almost all state agencies, communities, and the general public for emergency response, risk assessment, economic development, energy resource exploitation and management, transportation, natural resources, community planning, tax assessments, and health studies to name a few. This past year the Center focused on the development of the geospatial data layers listed in Table 1 to enhance the State’s Spatial Data Infrastructure. The continued development and publishing of GIS layers through a state clearinghouse node hosted by the Center supports the Mineral Lands Mapping Program and other vital programs in the State that depend on current and accurate base mapping layers.

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Mailing Address
WV GIS Technical Center
WVU Department of Geology & Geography
330 Brooks Hall
P.O. Box 6300
Morgantown, WV 26506

Phone: (304) 293-0557
Fax: (304) 293-6522