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All aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s work relates to a location, whether it is an overall environmental assessment of the whole country for national reports or a smaller scale study of the local environment to help assess a new IPPC licensing application. Digital maps play a very important role in helping the EPA to assess the environment and track changes that occur over time.
In the EPA, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is the term used to include all of the EPA's digital map data and the specialised software used to view these maps. The EPA has a small team of GIS experts who develop and enhance GIS datasets, and develop and support web mapping services.
EPA staff can view digital maps using web mapping technology deployed over the EPA intranet. This ensures that our scientists and licensing inspectors have access to GIS data they need to support their work.
To make the GIS data accessible to everyone, the EPA has developed a number of public online mapping viewers. You can access these from the EPA Maps tab at the top right corner of this webpage or by going directly to the EPA Geoportal at http://gis.epa.ie and selecting the Browse a Map link.
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The EPA has a policy of making the GIS data that we develop available, free of charge, to all groups and organisations in GIS format.
You can download this data from the EPA Geoportal in ESRI shapefile format or directly from ENvision (Please see the Envision help file in relation to this).
GIS data available include:
The EPA also holds the national library of datasets developed to support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in Ireland. These layers were developed in co-operation with the River Basin District projects and the Ordnance Survey of Ireland and include:
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