Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council provides mapping services for various projects concerning the region. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology allows TBRPC to to represent the locations of our regional assets on easy-to-read maps and tie location to various datasets, such as demographics, employment, and environmental information. Making the connection between location information and spatial data allows for extensive analysis of specific areas in the Tampa Bay region and beyond.
Decision Support GIS
TBRPC 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 maps from these multi-aspect scenarios help guide the decision process as planners and policy makers manage the future growth of our region.