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The development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has allowed us to investigate incredibly large and spatially complex data sets like never before. From assessing the effects of climate change on alpine glaciers, to identifying ideal habitat ranges for critically endangered species, to determining the vulnerability of coastal communities to storms, GIS tools have opened the door for important, large-scale environmental analyses. And as these technologies improve, our ability to understand the world grows ever greater. This course will teach you how to use GIS tools to investigate environmental problems. We will review fundamental principles in geography, the construction and visualization of geospatial datasets, and tools for analyzing geospatial data. Special attention will also be given to analysis of remotely sensed (satellite) imagery and to collection of field data. By the end of the course, you will be able to conduct independent GIS-based research and produce maps and other geospatial imagery of professional quality.
Format: lecture/laboratory; We will meet in person for our weekly lectures (3 hours) and labs (2 hours)
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
at least one introductory course in Geosciences or Environmental Studies
Geosciences majors and Environmental Studies majors and concentrators.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI Natural World Electives
EVST Methods Courses
EXPE Experiential Education Courses