Decision Support GIS

About Decision Support GIS

The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council is developing technology that enhances many planning-related activities. The Decision Support Geographic Information System (DS-GIS) simulates the effects of a variety of different planning scenarios. The DS-GIS calculates outcomes to those scenarios and shows how they relate to the local and regional landscape of the future.

The DS-GIS suite includes separate modules that focus on land use, environmental, economic, fiscal, emergency management, and domestic security issues. Working within a GIS, each module clearly displays its forecasts on a map. Patterns and trends can easily be seen in the DS-GIS, because the maps show how the simulated model outcomes affect real places in the Tampa Bay area.

As DS-GIS development continues, the independent modules will integrate to show how land use, economic, environmental, and transportation issues relate to one another. The results maps from these multi-aspect scenarios help guide the decision process as planners and policy makers manage the future growth of our region.