Welcome to GRAIL

The Geospatial Research and Information Laboratory (GRAIL) offers geographic information system (GIS) support and training services to NAU faculty, staff, students, and partners at its two on-campus facilities. GRAIL staff members also assist researchers conducting GIS-related research, including supporting spatial data management, serving data, and assisting with integrative activities such as data modeling and visualization design. GRAIL is jointly managed by the Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation (south campus lab) and the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research (north campus lab).  The north campus lab also houses the BRAIN lab, which focuses on examining spatially explicit biodiversity data as well as other ecological and phylogenetic data to examine plant and animal communities and the evolutionary ecology of species. 

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    Esri’s ArcGIS software is available free to all Arizona K-12 schools and nonprofit, youth-serving organizations

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    GRAIL offers a wide range of services to support GIS-based research                                                                                             

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    National Science Foundation grant supports increased training in and awareness of geospatial technology—a hot field for job opportunities

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