ENVI 214 Spring 2013 Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

Cross Listed as GEOS214
This class provides a practical look at fast-evolving methods used to integrate information about the earth's surface with spatial data collected by disciplines such as archaeology, economics, the field sciences, history and political science. Remote sensing involves collection and processing of data from satellite and airborne sensors to yield environmental information about the earth's surface and lower atmosphere. Remote sensing allows regional mapping of rock materials, analysis of vegetation cover and measurement of urban areas and land-use change over time. A Geographic Information System (GIS) links satellite-based environmental measurements with spatial data such as topography, transportation networks, and political boundaries, allowing display and quantitative analysis at the same scale using the same geographic reference. This course covers concepts of remote-data capture and geographic rectification using a Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as principles of remote sensing, including linear and non-linear image enhancements, convolution filtering, and image classification. Principles of GIS include display and classification, spatial buffers, logical overlays and techniques of spatial analysis. Weekly labs focus on training in the application of techniques using data from the region and other areas of North America.
Class Format: lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: based on weekly lab exercises, an hour exam and a final project
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Prerequisites: at least one introductory course in Biology, Environmental Studies, or Geosciences
Enrollment Preference: sophomores and juniors
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives,ENVS Methods Courses,EXPE Experiential Education Courses,GEOS Environmental Geosciences Courses
Enrollment Limit: 16
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 3185
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ENVI214-01(S) LEC Geographic Information Systems Division 3: Science and Mathematics David P. Dethier
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Schow GIS Lab 3185
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