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GIS Center - Resources

UC Merced ArcGIS Online Portal

Drop-In Hours (Spring 2023):

       Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10 am - 4 pm, in SSM 209

Need assistance with GIS questions, software installations, training, or help with your research project? Stop by the GIS Lab in SSM 209 and work with a GIS expert. 

For GIS support questions, please complete this request form: GIS Technical Support Request

About the GIS Center

The GIS Center 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

GIS Center 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
  • GIS Center Recharge Policy and Rates


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

  • GIS Workshops & Events - TBA

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 ArcGIS Pro are available 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 experienced users, please e-mail if you need a license. 

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