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Geog 621 Advanced GIS syllabus S94


FINAL PROJECT: Require program, with disk turned in that runs – either AML or Avenue.
Statistics : they didn’t get cell statistics – lectures are changed, but emphasize.
GRID: maybe start earlier?
Geog. 621 : GIS for Environmental Analysis                                                               Fall 1998
Davis, office HSS 270 338-2983, or GIS lab 338-6140.
Office Hours TuTh 10-11 am; W 10:45-11:45, 12:45-1:45

Description: GIS methods applied to environmental analysis and                                             soil toxins
        studies of physical geographic systems. Emphasizes
        raster GIS: analysis of continuous data, such as most
         applications in environmental and natural resource
         management, physical geography and other natural and                                                aquifer
         physical sciences. We'll explore methods in map algebra,
         image integration, surface and flow modeling. The
         methods are centered on a raster GIS model, using the                                                slope
         Arc/Info Grid and ArcView Spatial Analyst & 3D Analyst
         software. Good complement to Geog 620, which focuses on building map datasets, and using discrete data
         and vector mode analysis; combining raster and vector modes provides a complete toolkit. The topics to be
         covered include
   Introduction to GIS for Environmental Analysis
   Grid and Image Display and Query. There are important differences in displaying grids as compared to
    vector coverages (fortunately we can do both at the same time, and we'll explore this too). Earth images are
    also stored in a raster structure, and images are a valuable source of information for environmental analysis.
   Raster GIS data structures, and data conversion
   Map Algebra. Map algebra provides a straightforward way to analyze research questions, and allows us to
    combine digital maps quickly, and start analyzing things quickly in Grid
   Functions. We will learn about various spatial classes of functions used to process gridded maps: local, focal,
    zonal, block, and global functions. These allow us to either deal with grid cells as individuals (local), as
    neighborhoods (focal), as groups of cells with identical values (zones), as new spatial aggregates (blocks), or
    reflecting general trans-grid phenomena, e.g. distances from features (global).
   Surface Modeling, Display & Analysis
   Hydrologic Modeling
   Grid Modeling. Modeling environmental analyses with raster
   Extending the GIS with external programs and statistical

Course Structure: Lecture/Laboratory, based upon units:
       classroom, two units; laboratory, two units. Sequence of 8
       regular exercises (in 4 sets) and one final project. Real-world applications of the tools are emphasized
       a. textbook: Burrough, Peter A., and McDonnell, Rachael A. (1998). Principles of Geographical
                Information Systems. Oxford, 333 p.
                 emphasizes raster GIS and environmental applications
       b. assigned readings, in map library: various research articles applying GIS to environmental analysis
       c. printed lectures and lab assignments, in map library

Grading Policy: Out of 100 pts: Exams 2 x 20 pts ea; Regular exercises total 30 pts; Final project 30 pts.
Late Exercise Policy: exercises -1 pt during 1st late week, -2 during 2nd, etc.; final project: -1 pt/weekday
Exam Dates: Oct. 15 (class time), Dec. 15 (1:30-4:00 pm)

ESRI Training Modules
      We will make use of a few online training modules offered by the developers of Arc/Info and ArcView, as
      introductions to the software we'll be using. These free modules are introductions to online training
      courses offered by ESRI, the full course having a cost, but they will serve us well to introduce the
      programs. Each of these modules can be completed at any computer with the needed software installed,
      including ArcView, the Spatial Analyst extension, and the 3D Analyst extension:
         Course                                  Module                                Software Required
   Conservation GIS         "Analyzing Habitat Loss for Endangered Species"                   ArcView
   AV Spatial Analyst                 "Basics of Spatial Analyst"                  ArcView & Spatial Analyst
     AV 3D Analyst                       "Basics of 3D Analyst"                       ArcView & 3D Analyst
      When a given module is assigned (see the syllabus), you will need to use both a browser (Netscape) and
      the software specified. When instructed, download the data from to your zip disk, and uncompress it to
      reside on your zip disk. To complete a module, go through it in its entirety, including the exam, and print
      off the "diploma" to hand in.

Schedule: Geog 621, Fall 1998

                outline                                  labs &               readings
Tue.    Thu.                                             due dates            italics: ArcDoc help topics
                                                         beginning of class   B&M : Burrough & McDonnell
                                                                                 (1998) chapters
        8/27    Introduction to the course               ESRI: "Analyzing     B&M: Ch. 1.
                                                         Habitat Loss…"
                                                         (due 9/3)
9/1     9/3     Introduction to Environmental Analysis   ESRI: "Basics of     Basic concepts of grid-cell
                and Raster GIS                           Spatial Analyst"       processing
                                                         (due 9/8)            B&M : Ch 2.
9/8     9/10    Grid and Image Display                   1. Intro/Display     Getting started with GRID
                                                                              AV: Extensions/Spatial Analyst/…
9/15    9/17    Grid Data : management, conversion       2. Grid Data         Getting data into GRID
                    vector/raster conversion             (1&2 due 9/22)       Managing GRID data
                                                                              B&M : Ch. 3, 4
9/22    9/24    Map Algebra                              3. Map Algebra:      AV: Map Calculator
9/29    10/1                                             a. Analysis          AV: Analysis Properties
                                                            Properties        B&M : Ch. 8
                                                         b. Operations
10/6    10/8    Analysis Functions                       4. Functions         GRID Functions: locals, focals,
10/13           Introduction to Spatial Modeling         (3&4 due 10/15)        and zonals
                                                                              Euclidean, cost distance and other
                                                                                global functions

        10/15   exam 1
10/20   10/22 Surface Modeling & Display             5.   Surfaces         GRID Surface Functions
10/27   10/29 Viewshed Analysis                      a.   Creating          B&M : Ch. 5, 6
                                                          Surfaces         optional:
                                                     ESRI: 3D analyst
                                                     b. Perspective
                                                          (3D) Surface
                                                     (all due 11/3)
11/3    11/5    Hydrologic Modeling                  6. Hydrologic         B&M: pp. 193-195
                                                     (6 due 11/10)

11/10   11/12 Modeling with Grid and Map Algebra     7.  Statistical and   B&M : Ch. 7
11/17   11/19 Statistical and External Modeling          External          GRID algebra and analysis
                                                         Models               environment
                                                     (7 due 11/24)         GRID operators
                                                                           GRID scalars and AML
                                                                           GRID Conditional and individual-
                                                                              cell processing
(if     time)   Image Integration                    image integration     Grids and Images
                                                                           Introducing the Image Integrator
                                                                           Registering an image to real-world
11/24           Final project & other topics/demos   Final project         B&M : Ch. 9, 10
12/1    12/3                                         (due 12/15)
12/8    12/10
        12/15 exam 2

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