ENVI 214
Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Spring 2010
Division III
Cross-listed GEOS 214 / ENVI 214
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, weekly
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 3882
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: based on weekly lab exercises, an hour exam and a final project
Prerequisites: at least one introductory course in Biology, Environmental Studies, or Geosciences
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores and juniors
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GEOS 214 Division III ENVI 214 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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