About NJ MAP
A Resource for the Garden State

NJ MAP connects people to data. Our mission is to help towns to actualize sustainability goals through facilitating innovative access to environmental and planning data. The vision of NJ MAP is to make the vast amount of environmental GIS data produced in the state easily accessible and understandable to local level stakeholders who likely do not have GIS expertise but often make the most significant decisions pertaining to the environment.

Our goal is to empower citizens, practitioners, and government officials with the tools and information to understand local conditions and to plan proactively for the future. Though decision-making is often conducted locally in our home-rule state, the implications of land use changes are felt throughout the region. NJ MAP delivers information on a local level through themes that are standardized across all municipalities which can help to facilitate regional coordination. With 565 municipalities in New Jersey, NJ MAP works to better enable communities to prepare and respond to changing demands at the local level.

guidingGuiding Principles

  • Make the most current environmental information publicly available and accessible
  • Facilitate environmental decision making and sustainability
  • Empower grassroots efforts toward constructive action on the ground
  • Communicate and educate the dynamic, interconnected nature of the environment and human activity
  • Easy and intuitive to use
  • Accessible on mobile devices

themesHandcrafted Environmental Themes

There are currently four themes available in NJ MAP. Click here for a description outlining each theme and our presentation of the subject matter. Each theme is packaged to provide a guided approach to a number of environmental topics. We are continually expanding and developing our environmental themes to best support sustainability efforts throughout New Jersey.

feedback Feedback

Our team is excited to hear from you. Is there another theme you would like to see in our viewer? Do you have ideas for improvement? Please send your thoughts to gis@rowan.edu


In addition to the thematic viewer, the NJ MAP team conducts workshops throughout the year to share best practices on idea execution in a focused setting. If you are interested in a live workshop or webinar for your organization or event, please contact us to set up a time and date. We look forward to hearing from you!

NJ MAP 2013 Presentations and Workshops
  • GIS DAY @ Burlington County College - November 13th, 2013
  • Sustainable Jersey South Jersey Leadership Forum, Resource Provider @ Stockton College, Galloway, NJ - October 28, 2013
  • ANJEC 40th Annual Environmental Congress, Planning in a Changing Environment @ Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ - October 19th 2013
  • Sustainable Jersey Central New Jersey Leadership Forum @ Monroe Township High School, Monroe Twp, NJ - October 3rd 2013
  • GIS Pro 2013: URISA's 51st Annual Conference for GIS Professionals Providence - Overcoming Web Mapping Application Challenges, Providence, Rhode Island - September 17th, 2013
  • Esri Dev Meet Up - Providence, RI - September 17th, 2013
  • New Jersey Geospatial Forum - hosted @ NJ Office of Information Technology, Trenton, NJ - September 13th, 2013
  • New Jersey Open Space and Farmland Preservation Coordinators' Roundtable Discussion - hosted by DVRPC & NJCF @ Moorestown Community House, Moorestown, NJ - April 19, 2013
  • 17th Annual New Jersey Land Conservation Rally - NJCF @ NJIT, Newark - March 9th 2013

Rowan University GeoLab

Geospatial Technologies for a Sustainable Future

Founded in 2008, the Geospatial Research Laboratory is the GIS and planning research unit housed in the Department of Geography and Environment at Rowan University. The GeoLab conducts research on a myriad of geospatial topics, primarily land use development patterns, land use change analysis, transportation-land use studies, impervious surfaceand watershed quality analysis, and interactive web-based mapping. The GeoLab has demonstrated success with geospatial web-delivered projects through the NJ Land Change Viewer. We employee the latest GIS techniques through a mix of open source software and improved service sufficiency. For more information, please visit our website.


NJ MAP is made possible by the following Open Source software and data sources:

  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • New Jersey State Agricultural Development Committee
  • PostgreSQL
  • Geoserver
  • Leaflet
  • Stamen Design
  • Open Street Map
  • Photos: via Flickr care of Nicholas_T, notnyt, Peter Massos
  • Supporting Page Icons by Visual Pharm