GIS Abbreviations -- T-Z

GIS (Geographic Information System) commonly used terminology abbreviations.

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t Tonne
t. tief = deep
T Township; photogrammetric elevation (measured with stereo plotter)
T. Tiefe = depth
TAC Terrain Analysis Center (USCE); Technology Accreditation Commission (ABET); Topcon America Corporation
TACA Transportes Aereos Centro Americanos
TACAN Tactical Air Navigation
TAG Tabular and Graphic (system); Trans-Atlantic Geotraverse
TAPS Tennessee Assn. of Professional Surveyors
TAR Tape address register
TARGA TrueVision Advanced Raster Graphics Adapter
TASC Transportation Administration Service Center (US); The Analytic Sciences Corp.
TASMAP Tasmania Dept. of Lands
TAVO Tubinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients
TAZ Traffic analysis zone
TBD To be determined
TBM Temporary bench mark; Tunnel boring machine
TBPLS Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying
TBV To be verified
T.C.H. Thomas Campanius Holm
TCI Touring Club Italiano
TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
TCT Trans-continental Traverse (U.S.)
TD Thematic data; Topographic Div. (USGS); Total depth
TdA Teledeteccion Aplicada, S.A.
TDC Tennessee Dept. of Conservation
TDD Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
TDM Tasmania Dept. of Mines
TDN Topografische Dienst Nederland
TDOA Time Difference of Arrival
TDR Time Domain Reflectrometry
TDRSS Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System
TDS Tripod Data Systems
TDSA Tribal designated statistical area
TDT Terrestrial Dynamic Time
T.E. Topographical Engineer
TEC The Engineering Center; Topographic Engineering Center (USCE)
TEFIS Transmission Electrical Facilities Information System (Santee Cooper)
TEKPLOT Tektronix Plotting (DLG software)
TELEX Teletypewriter Exchange
TELNET Telecommunications Network
Tenn. Tennessee
TERCOM Terrain Contour Matching
TERSS Tasmanian Earth Resource Satellite Station
TES Terrain Edit System
TESC Tile enclosed elevator with self-closing traps
TESEMPS Terrain Edit Station/Elevation Matrix Processing System
Tex. Texas
TEXPLOT Tektronix Plotting (DLG software)
TFC Forestry Commission Tasmania
TFEL Thin-film electrolumiscent
TFH Technische Fachhoschule (Berlin)
TGS Technicolor Graphic Services, Inc.
T.H. Triple hydrant; Territory of Hawaii
THSOA The Hydrographic Society of America
TI Technical instruction; Technical investigation; Texas Instruments; Topographic instruction
TIC Technical Information Center (NASA)
.TIF Tagged Image File
TIFF Tagged Image File Format
TIGA Texas Instruments Graphics Architecture
TIGER Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing
TIGRIS Topologically Integrated Geographic Resource and Information System
TIMS Therms Infrared Multispectral Scanner
TIN Triangulated irregular network
TIRS Thermal Infrared Scanner
TJSA Tribal jurisdiction statistical area
TLI Terrain Line Interpolation
TLID TIGER/Line Record Identification Number
TLM Telemetry; Topographic Line Map
TLSD Tuvalu Lands and Survey Div.
TLUI Traditional Land Use Inventory (NSB GIS Div.)
TLV Threshold limit value
TM Thematic Mapper (Landsat); Timber management
TMAC Technical Mapping Advisory Council (U.S.)
TMC The Map Collector (journal); Thinking Machines Corp.
TMDL Total maximum daily load
TMLS Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources (Tonga)
TMS Thematic Mapper Simulator; Topographic Mapping Service (Geomatics Canada); TIGER Mapping Service
TN Tennessee
TNP Transportation Network Profile
TNRIS Texas Natural Resources Information system
TNS TopoNet Server (Maps a la carte, Inc.)
T-O Orbis terrarum (Medieval European map type: Nile and Don rivers and Mediterranean form a "T" surrounded by ocean in the shape of an "O")
TOPOCOM U.S. Army Topographic Command
Tp. Township
TPC Tactical Pilotage Chart; Traverse PC
TPM Theodolitprufmachine
TPS Thin-plate splines
TQ Topographic quadrangle
TR Township and Range (public land survey)
TRACE Topographic Resources and Cost Evaluation (system)
Trafo Transformator
TRB Technical Review Board (U.S.)
TRF Terrestrial Reference Frame
Trgf. Tragfahigkeit = Carrying capacity
TRI Toxic Release Inventory (USEPA)
T/RS Township/Range System
TRS Trimble Reference Station
TRSC Thailand Remote Sensing Center
TS Top secret
TSA Texas Surveyors Association
TSC1 Trimble System Controller
TSD Treatment, storage and disposal sites
TSGS Topographic Section, General Staff (Gt. Brit.)
TSI Teqnical Services Inc.
TSOP The Society for Organic Petrology
TSPS Texas Society of Professional Surveyors
TSS2 TurboSurvey Software 2
TT TT Maps & Publications Private Ltd.
TTD Tactical terrain data
TTY Teletype
TUNS Technical University of Nova Scotia
TVA Tennessee Valley Authority
TVP Topological vector profile
TWA Time-weighted average
Twp. Township
TX Texas

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U Unclassified
UA Urbanized area
UAM United Aerial Mapping; Urban Airshed Model (USEPA)
UART Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter
UAS Urban Area Studies
UC Univ. of California
UCAID Univ. Corp. for Advanced Internet Development
UCB Univ. of California, Berkeley
UCD Univ. of California, Davis
UCDL University of California Digital Library
UCGIS Univ. Consortium for GIS
UCLGES Unified Cartographic Line Graph Encoding System
UCPTE Union for the Coordination of the Production and Transport of Electric Power
UCS Uniform Color Space
UCSB Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
UDA User data area
UDB Universal Data Base
UDC Universal Decimal Classification
UDF Universal Data Format
UDNR Utah Dept. of Natural Resources
UDOGM Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining
UDP User Datagram Protocol
UDS Urban Data Solutions
UDSL Utah Division of State Lands
UDWR Utah Division of Water Resources
UE Useful elevation
UGB Urban growth boundary
UGC Utility Graphics Consultants
UGID Universal Geographic Identity
UGMS Utah Geological and Mineral Survey
UGSMD Uganda Geological Survey and Mines Dept.
UHF Ultra-high frequency
UHMS Urban Hydrology Monitoring System
UID User identification
UK United Kingdom
U.K. United Kingdom
UKMO United Kingdom Meteorological Office
ULCC Utility Location and Coordination Council
ULSD Uganda Dept. of Lands and Surveys
UML Unified Modeling Language
UN United Nations
UNAM Universidad Nacional de Mexico
UNCLA Unclassified
UNDP United Nations Development Program
UNECA United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
UNEP United Nations Environment Program
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNGEGN United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names
UNGIWG United Nations Geographical Information Working Group
UNIMACE Universal Automated Mapping Compilation Equipment
Univ. University
UNR Univ. of Nevada, Reno
UP Urban planning
UPADI Union Panamerica de Asociaciones de Ingenieros
UPC Universal Product Code
UPPS Universal Projection Plotting System
UPRN Unique Property Reference Number
UPS Universal polar stereographic
UR Universal Rectifier
U/R Urban/rural
URISA Urban and Regional Information Systems Assn.
URUID Unrectified image data
URL Universal Resource Locator; Uniform Resource Locator
URPI Unit for Retail Planning Information Ltd.
URS Unrestricted random sample
U.S. United States of America
USA United States of America; United States Army
USACE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
USACERL U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories
USAETL United States Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories
USAF United States Air Force
USARP United States Antarctic Research Program
USB Underwriters' Survey Bureau; Unified S-Band
USBC United States Bureau of the Census
USC Unified soil classification
USC&GS United States Coast and Geodetic Survey
USCE United States Army Corps of Engineers
USCG United States Coast Guard
USCS United States Customary System
USD Univ. of South Dakota
USDA United States Dept. of Agriculture
USDC United States Dept. of Commerce
USDI United States Dept. of the Interior
USEPA United States Environmental Protection Agency
USDMA United States Defense Mapping Agency
USFS United States Forest Service
USFWS United States Fish and Wildlife Service
USGCRP U.S. Global Change Research Program
USGK Utstredni Sprava Geodezie a Kartografie (Czechoslovakia)
USGPO United States Government Printing Office
USGS United States Geological Survey
USGS-MP United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park
USLS United States Lake Survey
USMC United States Marine Corps
USNBS United States National Biological Survey
USN United States Navy
USNCHC United States National Committee on Scientific Hydrology
USNC-ICA United States National Committee for the ICA
USNO United States Naval Observatory
USNOS United States National Ocean Service (or Survey)
USPLSS U.S. Public Land Survey System
USPS United States Postal Service
USR Universal Space Rectangular (coordinate system)
USSCS United States Soil Conservation Service
UST Underground storage tank
UT Unit terminator; Universal Time; Unorganized territory; Utah
UTC Universal Time Coordinated; Urban Traffic Control System (Siemans)
UTM Universal transverse Mercator
UTMS Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems
U-TDOA Uplink Time Difference of Arrival (TruePosition)
UUG Utstredni Ustav Geologicky
UURI Univ. of Utah Research Inst.
UV Ultraviolet; Unit value
UW Univ. of Washington
UWM Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
UVMap Urban VMap
UWCL Univ. of Wisconsin Cartography Laboratory (Madison)
U-2 A high altitude remote sensing aircraft

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V Volt
Va. Virginia
VA Visual accumulation; Virginia
VABM Vertical angle elevation bench mark
VACP Virtual active control point
VARIS Virginia Resources Information System
VAS Virginia Assn. of Surveyors
VBA Visual Basic for Applications
Vbf Verschriebebahnhof
VCGI Vermont Center for Geographic Information
VCR Video cassette recorder
VDMR Virginia Div. of Mineral Resources
VDOT Virginia Dept. of Transportation
VDSL Very-high speed Digital Subscriber Line
VDT Video display terminal
VDU Video display unit
VEDIS Vallejo [Calif.] Economic Development Information System
VEN'D Brick veneered building
VFC Vector Function Chainer
VFR Visual Flight Rules; Vector Relational Format
VGA Video Graphics Array; Video Graphics Adaptor
VGS Vermont Geological Survey
V/H Vertical over height ratio
VHF Very high frequency
VHRR Very high resolution radiometer
VI Virgin Islands
VICAR Video Information Communication and Retrieval (JPL software)
VICMAP Victoria Dept. of Crown Lands and Survey
vill. Village
VIMSARS Video image map storage and retrieval system
ViSC Visualization in Scientific Computing
VISG Visual Information Services Group
VISION Visual Information System Integrating our Neighborhoods (Columbus, Ohio)
VITD VPF Interim Terrain Data
VITec Visual Information Technologies Inc.
VLBI Very long baseline interferometric (or interferometry)
VLC Volcano
VLSI Very large scale integration
VMap Vector Smart Map
VML Vector Markup Language
VMS Voyage Management Sytem
VNP Voyageurs National Park
Vobf Vorbahnhof
VOC Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie
V.P. Vertical pipe or stand pipe
VP Vector program
VPASS Video Processor and Sync Separator
VPF Vector Product Format
VPFPS Vector Product Format Production System (Intergraph Federal)
VPF/PS Vector Product Format/Production System (Intergraph Federal)
VRA Visual Resources Assn.
VRML Virtual Reality Mock-up (or Mark-up or Modeling) Language
VRP Vector-to-raster processor
VSEGEI Vsesoiuznnoi Nauchno-Issledovatel'skii Geologicheskii Institut (USSR)
VSLS Vermont Society of Land Surveyors
Vt. Vermont
VT Vermont
VTA Valley Transportation Authority (San Jose, Calif.)
VTD Voting district
VTIR Visible and Thermal Infrared Radiometer
VTR Video tape recording
VTRAK Vector-to-raster conversion software
Vtrans Vermont Agency of Transportation
VVK Verwaltung Vermessungs und Kartenwesen

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w westlich
W Westen
WA Washington (State)
WAAS Wide area augmentation system (or sites)
WAC World Aeronautical Chart
WACMA Western Australia Central Map Agency
WADGPS Wide Area Differential GPS
WADM Dept. of Mines Western Australia
WAG Wireless Assisted GPS
WAGAP Washington Gap Analysis Program
WAGN West Antarctic GPS Network
WAIS Wide-area Information Server (or Service or System); Western Antarctic Ice Sheet
WALIS Western Australian Land Information System
WAML Western Assn. of Map Libraries
WAML IB Western Assn. of Map Libraries Information Bulletin
WAN Wide area network
WAP Wireless Application Protocol
Wash. Washington (State)
WAT Weighted-average toxicity
WB World Bank
WBVTR Wide-band video tape recorder
WCB Workshop Certification Board (ACSM)
WCCS Washington Council of County Surveyors
WCMC World Conservation Monitoring Center
WCRP World Climate Research Program
WCS World Construction Set (Questar Productions); World coordinate system
WD Working Draft (ISO)
WDB I World Data Bank I (US CIA)
WDB II World Data Base II
WDDES World Digital Database for Environmental Science (ICA/IGU)
WDG Washington Dept. of Game
WDGER Washington Div. of Geology and Earth Resources
Wdlg. Widerlager
W.D.M.C. War Dept. Map Collection (U.S.)
WDMS Watershed Data Management System
WDNR Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
WDOE Washington Dept. of Ecology
WEF Water Environment Federation
WELU Western Energy Land Use Team
WESTFED Western Federation of Professional Surveyors
WET Wetland Evaluation Technique
WFPLS Western Federation of Professional Land Surveyors
WFPS Western Federation of Professional Surveyors
W.G. Wired glass skylight
WGMG Working Group on Map Generalization (ICA)
WGNHS Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
WGS World Geodetic System; World Geodetic Survey
WGS 84 World Geodetic System of 1984
W.H. Wirtshaus = public house, inn
WI Wisconsin
WIC Westindische Compagnie
WIMS Weather Information Management System
Wis. Wisconsin
WIS Watershed Information System
WISCLAND Wisconsin Initiative for Statewide Cooperation on Landscape Analysis and Data
WISE Women Investigating Sciences and Environment (Univ. of Nebraska)
WLIA Wisconsin Land Information Society
WLS Weighted least squares
WLU World Land-use Survey
WMATA Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
WMC Western Mapping Center (USGS)
WMD Water management district
.WMF Windows Metafile Format
WML Wireless markup language
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WMS Washington (D.C.) Map Society; Work Management System; World Mapping System; World Market Strategies Ltd.
WNRO GPS Week Number Roll Over
WNW West northwest
WO Welsh Office
WOM Web Object Management
WORM Write Once, Read Many
WP Word processor
WPCF Water Pollution Control Federation
.WPG WordPerfect Graphic format
WPU Wilayah Pembangunan Utama
WQM Water quality monitor
WR Water Resources; Western Region
WRAP Western Regional Applications Program (NASA)
WRCB Water Resources Control Board
WRD Water Resources Div. (USGS); Water Resources Dept.
WRI Water Resources Investigation
WRIDS Wildland Resources Information Display System
WRIR Water Resources Investigation Report
WRIS Wildland Resources Information System
WRRI Water Resources Research Inst.
WRS World Reference System (Landsat)
WRSIC Water Resources Scientific Information Center
WS Work station
WSC Water Survey of Canada
WSDOT Washington State Dept. of Transportation
WSGS Wyoming State Geological Survey
WSLD Western Samoa Lands and Survey Dept.
WSLS Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors
WSM Widener Surveying and Mapping (Firm)
WSP Water-supply Paper
WSPS Western Society of Professional Surveyors
WSU Washington State Univ.
WSUCSC Washington State Univ. Computing Service Center
WSW West southwest
W.T. Water tank; Washington Territory
WTCD Deltaic watercourse
WT&H Woodward, Tiernan & Hale
WTUSM Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping
WV West Virginia
W. Va West Virginia
WVALS West Virginia Assn. of Land Surveyors
WVGES West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey
WVS World Vector Shoreline (USDMA)
WVS+ World Vector Shoreline Plus
WVSPLUS World Vector Shoreline Plus
WWW World Wide Web
WY Wyoming
Wyo. Wyoming
WYSDOT Washington State Dept. of Transportation
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
W3C World Wide Web Consortium

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XDS eXternal Data Source
XMI XML Metadata Interchange
XML eXtensible Markup Language
XWD X-Window screen dump
YK Yukon
Y2K Year 2000 (problem)
ZCTA ZipCode Tabulation Area
ZGI Zentrales Geologisches Institut (German Democratic Republic)
ZGS Zambia Geological Survey Dept.
ZIMAS Zoning Information and Map Access System (Los Angeles, Calif.)
ZLI Zia Landform Images
ZMA Zone Map Automation (Los Angeles, Calif.)
ZPS ZEH plotting software
ZRC Znanstvenoraziskovalni Center (Slovenske Akademije Znanosti in Umetnosti)
ZS Zambia Survey Dept.
ZTS Zoom Transfer Scope

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