GIS & RS Software

GIS & Remote Sensing Software

ESRI Software

ESRI makes ArcGIS Desktop, which includes ArcGIS PRO and ArcMap (i.e., ArcGIS for Desktop 10.x, including ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox). They also make "extensions" that extend the functionality of both ArcGIS Pro and/or ArcMap (i.e., Spatial Analyst or 3D Analyst). ArcGIS Pro is now being taught in all College of the Environment GIS classes and most WWU classes. Many computer labs on campus include ArcGIS Pro. 

In addition ESRI offers ArcGIS Online which provides tools to create, store and manage maps online (some of which can be used for free). WWU students and staff can use ArcGIS Online by creating a WWU ArcGIS Online user account. See ArcGIS User Account notes.



WWU Students, Staff and Faculty can install ArcGIS PRO on a personal computer. See ArcGIS PRO for WWU Students, Staff & Faculty for instructions.

To use ArcGIS Pro requires a WWU ArcGIS Online user account, available to anyone with a WWU login. See ArcGIS User Account notes.

NOTE: WWU Faculty and Staff should contact their Department IT staff for installation of ArcGIS PRO on office or lab computers.


Other Commercial Software

  • ENVI (Remote sensing and image processing)
  • ERDAS Imagine (Remote Sensing)
  • ERDAS ER Mapper
  • Maptitude
  • TatukGIS (low cost GIS)



ESRI Tutorial Books and Manuals (.pdf files)

  • ESRI digital books (.pdf files) available from J:\SALdata\ESRI_misc\esri_books\
  • ESRI digital books (.pdf files) available from J:\SALdata\ESRI_misc\esri_books\tutorials\
  • Miscellaneous online tutorials