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Uses of GPS in the Field by Scientists

The use of GPS technology in science field work is increasing rapidly. Listed below are a few of the ways that it has been used or might be used in the future. If you would like to share additional ideas on how GPS can be used please email them to:

GPS Use in Scientific Field Work:

  • Marking Sample Collection Sites: Recording locations for water samples, mineral specimens, animal sitings and more. These can be quickly marked in the field and then archived in the office or plotted on maps. GPS is faster and more accurage than using a paper map.
  • Tracking Wildlife: The movements of larger animals can easily be monitored with a transmitting GPS unit. Elephants, bears and more can be studied with GPS.

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