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GIS Resources @ Spatial Analysis & Research Center (SpARC)

Drop-in Hours closed until further notice

For GIS support questions, please contact or make an appointment for a consultation with a GIS Expert


About SpARC

SpARC is the hub for spatial science research, analysis, education, visualization, spatial data archiving, and access to spatial science software and equipment for UC Merced and its partners.

Consulting Services

SpARC professional and technical staff members consult with graduate students, faculty members, community partners, and non-UC affiliates and work closely with clients (UC and non-UC) in determining estimated time and materials for projects.

  • GIS research support for faculty including cartographic services and data management 
  • GIS administrative support for campus planning and facilities
  • Faculty and staff consultations on project design and GIS technical guidance


A variety of workshops and training opportunities are available for the campus community.  

An annual one-day spring Central Valley Geosummit conference brings together state and regional GIS experts, educators, graduate students, and faculty using GIS and geospatial technology in their research.  Previous GeoSummit presenters have included Yosemite National Park, California Department of Water Resources, ESRI, California Department of Conservation and various faculty and student presenters from UC Merced and CSU Stanislaus. 

GIS Resources

ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) system to manage, analyze, and display geographic information.  ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online are both available to all UC Merced students, staff, and faculty with Single Sign-on.  Complete instructions on how to sign up for ArcGIS Online and download Pro are available in the first link below.  Please note that this software only runs on computers with Windows operating systems.

ArcGIS Pro is recommended for all new GIS users.  However, ArcMap is still available for download if required. Please e-mail to request a license.

GIS Lab located in SSM 209 is available to student, staff, and faculty for drop-in hours. 

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