Using GIS for Wildland Search and Rescue

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Using GIS for Wildland Search and Rescue is intended to be the core instruction manual for developing a working knowledge of all things GIS for every team member. It includes sections on Why GIS; Understanding and Using Coordinate Systems; Using ArcGIS Explorer Desktop for Situational Awareness and Basic Incident Management Tasks; and Integrating GPS and Current Technologies into SAR Operations. Easy to follow tutorials and data sets are provided to achieve these skills and understanding GIS concepts.

Exercise Data—Using GIS for Wildland Search and Rescue


MapSAR User's Manual


MapSAR User’s Manual

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Our other publication, The MapSAR User Manual, is for more advanced GIS users and provides an introduction, tutorial, and detailed screen shots for using MapSAR with ArcGIS 10. MapSAR is a tool that runs with ArcGIS 10, 10.1, and 10.2 to store geospatial information, enabling SAR maps to be generated, stored and printed quickly so that search teams can get out the door faster to look for the missing person.