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Have you ever been lost?  Or have you ever found a great fishing spot and then had trouble returning?  Cars and boats are using a new technology that will help people who are lost in their cars or help them to return to that perfect fishing area.  kids at global positioning site(gps)The new technology basically consists of a computer, receiver and a satellite.  New technologies such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are changing the way people farm, as well as becoming more and more a part of our lives.  With a GPS you can locate exactly where you are on the earth’s surface and a GIS is the computer software that converts the signals received by a GPS into geographic information and a map.


A GPS consists of two items.  What do you think they might be? picture showing a question mark asking the parts of a GPS and gives an answer once u place ur mouse on the picture


The receiver is the small yellow device sitting on the black box between the two tripods.  The GPS antenna (on the left side) is connected to the receiver.  A constellation of 24 satellites circling the earth continuously sends signals that are received by the GPS.  At any given time, the GPS may be receiving signals from 4 to 8 satellites.  It is the information imbedded in these picture shows two devices-to the left is the GPS antenna and the one to the right is used for 
specific positioning.It also shows a receiver between them signals that allow a computer to give a general position on the earth’s surface.  Another device, mounted on the second tripod (on the right), consists of a two-way radio and antenna and is used for very specific positioning. 


The radio communicates with a rover GPS and the position of the rover may be determined with an accuracy of less than 2cm.  This base station, consisting of the GPS receiver, antenna, and 2-way radio, is necessary to obtain this level of accuracy. picture showing a base station


field computer This field computer contains GIS software that allows us to record geographic positions as it receives information from the GPS receiver.  This particular computer provides a user-friendly interface that allows us to display these geographic positions as a vehicle is driven across the field.  The file created in the field computer can then be transferred to a desktop computer.

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