Applications of GIS, EnS 453                                                               Spring 2004

Instructor:  Jim Taulman





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 or


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                                           





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