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Geographic Information System

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and IT branch of the Department of Commerce provides in-house technical support along with GIS data, maps, and expertise for the Department and for other government agencies.


Click here to access the GIS Portal website

GIS Users Group

Created by the GIS/IT branch is a GIS user group which includes eight various agencies: American Samoa Department of Commerce, American Samoa Historic Preservation Office, American Samoa Community College,  Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources,  American Samoa Power Authority,  National Park of American Samoa, Oregon State University – Davey Jones Locker Lab, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, American Samoa Department of Public Works,  American Samoa Telecommunications Authority,  American Samoa EPA, and the Development Bank of American Samoa.

The GIS/IT branch provides the following geospatial data, services and products to the territory:

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) analysis

LiDAR mapping is an accepted method of generating precise and directly georeferenced spatial information about the shape and surface characteristics of the Earth

Digital Orthoimagery (DOI)

The 2012 American Samoa aerial photography project produced 1′ (.30m) GSD multispectral digital orthoimagery for approximately 85 square miles of the American Samoa islands of Tutuila, Aunu’u, Ofu, Olosega, and Ta’u

Land Use and Marine Web portals:

  • Provide geographic information to the public and government users through an online web mapping application.
  • Allows for viewing, analysis, and reporting of geographic information within a web browser.
  • Project Goals
    • Multiple Application Modules
    • Best Available data
    • User friendly interface
    • Performance (optimal speed in low bandwidth areas)
    • Support decision making in American Samoa




For more information contact Robert Koch or Jr. Sauni at (684) 633-5566 or by email at,

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User Group

The American Samoa GIS (Geographic Information System) Users group was first convened in February of 2001 as an informal grassroots effort among both public and private entities that have an interest in GIS development in the territory. The primary tenet for the group’s formation was the establishment of a forum for disseminating GIS information for …

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