Overview of concepts and practice of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) as applied to extending our understanding of Earth process Topics include: What is GIS? Why use GIS? Learning GIS What is a map? Quantifying space: Projections and datums Raster and vector Attributes: tying geometry to a database Topology Scale, errors Metadata Example of a continuous field: Topography Example of nominal data: Geology Landscape analysis and modeling Cartography
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture (2 hours/week) and laboratory (2 hours/week). Labs will use command-line Arc-Info and emphasize scripting of most work.
Previous GIS experience helpful but not necessary
Class assignments and grading
Laboratory exercises and a class project
Credit / No credit. Students must attend lectures, complete lab exercises, and complete project.