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Santiago Lopez
BIS 442
Bothell Campus

Advanced GIS Analysis and Applications

Provides advanced training in Geographic Information Systems and other geospatial applications for display and analysis of environmental and socio-economic data. Prerequisite: BIS 342.

Class description

This class covers the fundamentals of aerial photography interpretation and digital image processing within the context of Geographic Information Systems and Science. This course provides an overall introduction to environmental monitoring, focusing primarily on the use of satellite imagery and aerial photography to study the environment. The intent is to learn how to process and use these data to understand issues related to environmental and earth sciences, land use and land cover, and resource management. The synoptic perspective of remotely sensed data proves ideal for studying the spatial patterns of landscape phenomena and for making maps of surface features.

Student learning goals

To learn the fundamentals of aerial photography interpretation and analysis

To learn the fundamentals of digital image processing

To learn how to use remotely sensed data for making maps and studying landscape patterns and environmental phenomena.

To learn the basics of change detection analysis and monitor land use land cover transformations.

General method of instruction

To achieve these learning goals, we will use a combination of lectures, in-class hands-on exercises, and labs. We will meet twice a week. During the first session, we will go over theoretical aspects and principles of remote sensing. The second session will be mostly spent working on labs. Students will be evaluated through quizzes, labs, and exams.

Recommended preparation

BIS342a: Introduction to GIS or equivalent

Even though this is an intro level class, students will be better prepared if they have taken an intro-level class to geographic information systems (GIS) and also have some computer experience using Windows, word processing, and electronic sheets/database management (Excel and/or Access).

Class assignments and grading

Exercises (labs) based on lectures will be generally assigned every two weeks. Lab reports are individual and each student is responsible for his/her own work. Students will have the opportunity to work on a personal or group research project. Readings will be assigned from a course textbook and handouts.

Participation, graded assignments, quizzes, and examinations will be used to evaluate students performance.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Santiago Lopez
Date: 01/27/2014