We have all heard it before , Geographic Information Systems technology is crucial in decision making processes and various studies not only for individuals and companies but also for federal agencies. We also know that actions speak louder than words, so a brief presentation, of three quite interesting GIS applications by US government , follows

A weekly updated map of drought conditions in the United States showing the long-term issues and impacts of droughts and amongst other interesting information you can also download relevant gis data.

the US Drought Monitor map

the US Drought Monitor map

Developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center  in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture, to provide coastal managers and scientists with a preliminary look at sea level rise and coastal flooding impacts, this tool also provides map visualization of social and economic changes due to possible sea level rise.
the sea level rise and coastal flooding impacts viewer

the sea level rise and coastal flooding impacts viewer

An interesting visual map linked to a database with information on the Arboretum’s plants and herbarium specimens for scientists, researchers or even just nature lovers.

the National Arboretum’s Botanical Explorer

the National Arboretum’s Botanical Explorer

Those are just a few examples of agencies using GIS to improve decision making and deliver public information. Plenty of other more or less complex GIS solutions can be found,studied and used for personal or bussiness purposes.  Complex or manageable, labor intensive but worhtwhile, commercial or open source,  GIS are the only solution to a plethora of problems in the modern society.

source: www.informationweek.com