Geography and Government

A geographic approach informs policy, operations, and planning for improved decision-making across communities.

How do governments benefit from a geographic approach?

Government leaders take a geographic approach to shape priorities, policies, and engagement. Leveraging enterprise-grade geographic information system (GIS) technology, they use maps, apps, analytics, and dashboards to manage issues such as equity, economic development, transit, land management, health, and safety.

Heat map of traffic accidents in Munich, shown in a 3D view

Build intelligent, resilient infrastructure

Key to upgrading critical assets is understanding how infrastructure relates to communities and natural systems—what is happening where. Infrastructure systems are being infused with technologies including GIS, digital twins, sensors, and advanced analytics.

  • Asset and network management: Monitor asset location, condition, performance, and life cycle.
  • Planning and logistics: Share information to prevent disruption.
  • Operational awareness and efficiency: Watch workflows in real time.
  • Prioritization and equity: Reveal patterns of inequality.
Person in a safety helmet planning infrastructure upgrades on a tablet, with a map view of asset locations

Respond to disasters and prepare for climate change

Geography is a powerful tool in response and risk mitigation, empowering government leaders to anticipate weather events and climate impacts and plan accordingly.

  • Monitor situations in real time.
  • Track incidents and resources.
  • Know the status of vulnerable people and assets.
  • Model scenarios to aid prevention and response. 


A map representing the tracks of hurricanes since 1851

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