Applications of GIS, EnS 453                                                               Spring 2004

Instructor:  Jim Taulman

 

 


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Course Description – This course will cover GIS applications to practical problems in conservation biology, demographics, ecology, forestry, mining, and other areas.   Exercises will provide experience in problem solving and data analysis using a GIS.

 

Required Text – Conservation GIS Starter Kit, available in OLC bookstore.  Optional: Managing Natural Resources with GIS, by Laura Lang, available in OLC bookstore.

 

Attendance – A student may be dropped after 3 consecutive absences and will automatically be dropped after 5 total absences. 

 

Homework – Homework assignments will consist of questions based on the exercises done in class and problems related to those exercises.  Homework will often take the form of maps constructed in ArcView, ArcMap.  Those may be printed and turned in or saved as a screen capture (Control/Print Screen) and pasted into Microsoft Word and saved as a Word document, *.doc.  This document can be emailed in to me at jtaulman@olc.edu or jimtaulman@netscape.net.

 

Grading – Over the course of the semester, 25 assignments will be completed.  Those will each count 4 points.  The final course grade will be a sum of assignments completed and graded.

 

A = 90 - 100

B = 80 - 89

C = 70 - 79

D = 60 – 69

F = 59 and below

 

Food – You can bring a drink into class but we won’t be eating in class. 

 

 

Applications of Geographic Information Systems, ArcView 8    EnS 453

Instructor:  Jim Taulman                                                                        Spring 2004

 


Jan. 19                         Introduction

 

Jan. 26, Ex. 1               ArcView 8 Basics Review                                           

                                                ArcMap

                                                ArcCatalog

                                                ArcToolbox

 

Feb. 2, Ex. 2, 3            Habitat Loss and Endangered Species

Evaluating endangered species range and recovery in developed landscape

 

Feb. 9, Ex. 4, 5            Habitat Loss and Endangered Species

 

Feb. 16, Ex. 6, 7, 8      Land Use and Housing Density

                                                Demographic exercises and zoning

 

Feb. 23, Ex. 9, 10        Membership Mapping

                                                Demographic exercises using census data

 

Mar. 1, Ex. 11              Using Images

Displaying imagery and using acquired imagery to rectify another map

 

Mar. 8, Ex. 12, 13        Watershed Analysis

                                                Determine road densities and erosion potential in a watershed

                                                           

Mar. 15, Ex. 14            Watershed Analysis

                                                Compare vegetation cover types in the watershed

 

Mar. 22                        Spring Break

 

Mar. 29, Ex. 15, 16      Watershed Analysis

                                                Examine land use affects on fish migration upstream

                                                Consider ownership issues and watershed impacts

 

Apr. 5, Ex. 17              Timber Sale Analysis

Evaluating roadless area map and proposed timber sale units

Determine topography and slope of proposed timber sale units

                                                           

Apr. 12, Ex. 18, 19, 20            Timber Sale Analysis

Assess risk of timber harvest to stream health

Examine timber sale units with regard to proximity to old-growth forest

 

Apr. 19, Ex. 21, 22, 23            Timber Sale Analysis

Use photographic imagery to link ground data points to GIS layers

                                                            Create a map of the final timber sale analysis and print

 

Apr. 26, Ex. 24, 25      Mineral Potential and Development

                                                Examine potential mining sites and operational mines

Determine the effect of mining on the local landscape hydrology, demographics

           

May. 3                         Map Production