China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection Deploys GIS for Pollution Source Monitoring

Environmental Observer, Spring 2010

“The Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China is using GIS to reduce pollutant discharge. China’s manufacturing boom has put its environmental practices in the spotlight of national and international attention.

“Ministry staff members are using ESRI’s ArcGIS software to manage, inventory, and analyze nearly 10,000 pollutant discharge points within the country. Data collection for such a large scope was a challenge faced by GIS project managers when planning the project. With ArcGIS in place, they can integrate GIS and the department’s automated monitoring system as a method for quickly accessing environmental data. GIS supports comparative spatial analysis for conducting side-by-side comparisons of different provinces and different cities.”