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GIS Modeling Class Website

   …an introduction to grid-based map analysis and modeling

 

 

GEOG 3110, University of Denver, Geography, Winter Term 2012

Thursdays 6:00-9:30 pm, GIS Lab, Room 126, Boettcher (West)

 

<Click here> for 1-page flyer describing the course

 

 

Instructor: Joseph K. Berry, Room 112, Boettcher Building (West)

 

Open Door office hours Thursdays, 3:00 to 5:00pm (or specially arranged on Thursday 10:00am-3:00pm or Friday 9:00am-12:00noon) — by email, anytime

 

Phone (970) 215-0825  —  Email jkberry@du.edu  —  Website http://www.innovativegis.com/basis/ 

 

 

BA_none_iconCourse Administrative Materials

 

Course Syllabus

 

Who Should Take the Course?

About the instructor

MapCalc Manual

Email dialog and other helpful hints

Homework guidelines and example question/response

Report Writing Tips

Setting up and using class data

Team Evaluation Form

Class Makeup

Example Mini-Project …link to a completed report (very good=A- grade) of a Landfill Suitability mini-project from a previous class


BA_none_iconCourse Readings

 

www.innovativegis.com/basis/Books/MapAnalysis/

 

The Map Analysis text (Berry 2007, GeoTec Media) is Required Reading and available at an author’s discount at the first class meeting for $34.64 (or order from publisher for $51.95, includes U.S shipping; www.geoplace.com/books/mapanalysis).  The book includes a Companion CD-ROM containing the MapCalc Learner and Surfer Demo software used in the course and text files of the Recommended Further Reading and links to the Optional Other Reading.   In addition, Keywords for Google searches and links to numerous Other Papers and Presentations that are posted online at www.innovativegis.com/basis/ for students wanting even more information on each Topic.

 

 

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Required Reading

 

Recommended Further Reading & Optional Other Reading

Map Analysis Text

 

Further Reading

(on companion CD-ROM)

 

Other Reading

(posted on the Internet)

1

1/5

Table of Contents, Foreword, Preface and Introduction

 

plus online papers on ”A Brief History and Probable Future of Geotechnology” and “An Analytical Framework for GIS Modeling” 

 

 (1st class material online;

click to view assignments)

About MapCalc

About Surfer

About SnagIt

and (1st class material online;

click to view assignments)

Video demos of MapCalc usage

 

Paper on “Incorporating Grid-Based Map Analysis Into GIS Curricula”

2

1/12

Topic 1

Data Structure Implications

Topic 2

Fundamental Map Analysis Approaches

Topic 1 Further Reading

Topic 2 Further Reading

BM Columns on “Overview of Basic Terminology & Structure”, “Maps as Data & Data Structure Implications” and “Alternative Data Structures”

3

1/19

Topic 3

Basic Techniques in Spatial Analysis

Topic 3 Further Reading

BM Columns on “Toward an Honest GIS”

Paper on “GIS Technology in Environmental Management”

4

1/26

Topic 4

Calculating Effective Distance

Topic 4 Further Reading

Papers on “Identifying and Evaluating Alternative Pipeline Routes & Corridors” and “Mapping In-Store Shopper Movement”

Application article on “A Consensus Method Finds Preferred Routing”

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Topic 5

Calculating Visual Exposure

Topic 6

Summarizing Neighbors

Topic 5 Further Reading

Topic 6 Further Reading

Papers on “Incorporating Grid-based Modeling into Linear Infrastructure Analysis” and “Characterizing Surface Area, Length & Inclination”

6

2/9

(Exam #1)

Topic 7

Basic Spatial Modeling Approaches

Topic 7 Further Reading

BM Columns on “A Framework for GIS Modeling” and “Cartographic & Spatial Modeling”

7

2/16

(Project)

Topic 8

Spatial Modeling Example

Topic 8 Further Reading

Paper on

Application articles on “A Mapping Firewall” and “Quantifying Wildfire Risk”

8

2/23

Topic 9

Basic Techniques in Spatial Statistics

Topic 9 Further Reading

Paper on “Representing Spatial Patterns & Relationships”

Application articles on “Who’s Minding the Farm” “Precision Agriculture” and “Precision Conservation”

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3/1

Topic 10

Spatial Data Mining

Topic 10 Further Reading

Papers on “Site-Specific Crop Management” and “Remote Sensing Crop Type & Condition”

Application article on “Retail Sales Competition Analysis”

10

3/8

(Exam #2)

Epilog

Appendices A and B

Papers on “Education, Vocation & GIS Enlightenment”

and “3D-GIS Concepts and Considerations”

 

BA_none_iconCourse Lecture Notes

 

Note: right-click on the hyperlink to download lecture presentations; PowerPoint files are posted at least 24 hours before class.  Be aware that the \Links folder containing external slide sets is only available through the class folder in the GIS Lab.

                 

-       Week 1 – Overview  [Wk1_lec.ppt - GIS mapping, management and modeling; Discrete (map objects) vs. continuous (map surfaces); Linking data and geographic distributions; Framework for map-ematical processing]

 

-       Week 2 – Maps as Data [Wk2_lec.ppt - Map data types and their implications; Contouring and thematic mapping effects/implications; Vector vs. raster; Raster images, grids and pseudo-grids]

 

-       Week 3 – Reclassifying and Overlaying Map Layers [Wk3_lec.ppt - Characterizing size, shape, pattern and arrangement; Point, region and map-wide overlay; Grid math; Spatial coincidence statistics; Comparing maps; Error propagation]

 

-       Week 4 – Measuring Distance and Connectivity [Wk4_lec.ppt - Simple vs. effective distance; Proximity and movement; Accumulation surfaces; Identifying optimal path(s); Viewsheds and visual exposure surfaces; Narrowness surfaces]

 

-       Week 5 – Summarizing Spatial Context [Wk5_lec.ppt - Calculating slope, aspect and profile maps; Applying spatial differentiation and integration; Roving window summary operations; Characterizing edges and complexity]

 

-       Week 6 – GIS Modeling Approaches [Wk6_lec.ppt - Deductive vs. inductive reasoning; Flowcharting spatial problems; Types of GIS models] (link to example graded_MiniProject_example.htm)

 

-       Week 7 – GIS Modeling Examples [Wk7_lec.ppt - Pipeline routing; Wildfire risk mapping; Micro terrain analysis; Retail sales]

 

-       Week 8 – Surface Modeling [Wk8_lec.ppt - Basic statistics and its GIS expression; Spatial dependency; Spatial interpolation (IDW, Kriging and others); Assessing interpolation results; Mapping spatial dependency; Sampling design] 

 

-       Week 9 – Spatial Data Mining [Wk9_lec.ppt - Linking numeric and geographic patterns; Normalizing maps; Viewing scatter plots; Clustering mapped data; Investigating map correlation; Developing prediction models (spatial regression); Assessing prediction results]

 

-       Week 10 – Future Directions [Wk10_lec.ppt - Data exchange; Dynamic map pedigree; Toward a humane GIS; GIS software's changing roles; Evolving the GIS mindset; Is technology ahead of science?]   

 

BA_none_iconCourse Homework Assignments

 

Note: right-click on the hyperlink to download exercise templates; Word files are posted at least 24 hours before class.

 

Cross-reference MapCalc commands to ESRI Grid/Spatial Analyst

Exer0.doc – example exercise template

 

-       Week 1 – Overview [Exer1.doc - Dissecting a suitability model (MapCalc)]

[Optional MapCalc Tutorials]

 

-       Week 2 – Maps as Data [Exer2.doc - Examples of spatial analysis considerations (MapCalc)]

 

-       Week 3 – Reclassify and Overlay [Exer3.doc – Reclassify and Overlay (MapCalc)]

 

-       Week 4 – Measuring Distance and Connectivity [Exer4.doc - Distance and Connectivity (MapCalc)]

 

-       Week 5 – Summarizing Spatial Context [Exer5.doc - Neighborhood analysis (MapCalc]

 

Exam #1 Study Questions — you are encouraged to study together and exchange insights about answering the questions… if not face-to-face, then through emails.

 

-       Week 6 – GIS Modeling Approaches [Exer6.doc Mini-Project “opportunities” – designing, implementing and reporting a “directed” GIS application model (MapCalc); extra three days to complete (due Monday, February 20, 5:00 pm); graded Example Mini-Project from a previous class as a benchmark]

 

ΰ Click here to take Exam #1 (return 2.5 hours after you download) … it will be posted on the class website by 8:00 am Friday February 10 and must be completed by 5:00 pm Wednesday February 15.  You will download the exam and submit your completed exam within 2.5 hours via email to jberry@innovativegis.com.  BE SURE to save your completed Word file before you exit to submit it!!!

 

-       Week 7 – GIS Modeling Examples [No lab assignment]

 

-       Week 8 – Surface Modeling [Exer8.doc – Spatial interpolation (Surfer); or special report (4-10 pages) on a GIS Modeling topic of your own choosing]

[Optional Surfer Tutorials]

 

-       Week 9 – Spatial Data Mining [Exer9.doc - Basic spatial statistics (MapCalc); or special report (4-10 pages) on a GIS Modeling topic of your own choosing]

 

Exam #2 Study Questions — you are encouraged to study together and exchange insights about answering the questions… if not face-to-face, then through emails.

 

-       Week 10 – Future Directions [No lab assignment; in-class experience with ESRI Spatial Analysis module; Optional Exer10.doc on MapCalc Import/Export; (click here) to download a self-extracting zip file containing special data for Optional Exercise #10—unzip into …\MapCalc Data folder]

 

ΰClick here to take Exam #2 (return 2.5 hours after you download) …posted on the class website by 10:00 am, Friday, March 9th and must be completed by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, March 13th.  You will download the exam (time/date stamped at our website) and submit the completed document within 2.5 hours via email to jberry@innovativegis.com.  BE SURE to save your completed Word file before you exit to submit it!!!

 

BA_none_icon Course Software

 

All of the course software is installed on the GIS Lab computers.  You can install the software to your own computer from the Map Analysis book’s companion CD or download from the Internet—

 

  Microsoft Office [you need to have working versions of Microsoft Office applications Word, PowerPoint and Excel loaded on your computer] 

 

 Adobe Reader [download and install from the Internet — Windows-based program for viewing/printing documentation files (.pdf); free software; see www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html for more information on Adobe Reader and free download]

 

  SnagIt [download and install from the Internet — screen capture software; 30 day evaluation; see www.techsmith.com/   for information on fully licensed system ($37.95 Academic version)]

 

  MapCalc Learner [install from the Map Analysis book Companion CD — grid-based map analysis software included with the course materials provided by the instructor]

 

  Surfer Demo [install Version 8 from the Map Analysis book Companion CD — surface modeling and 3D display software included with the course materials provided by the instructor; also you can download Version 10 from www.goldensoftware.com/demo.shtml but the exercises in the course will not directly correspond; see www.goldensoftware.com and select “Productsΰ Surfer” for more information on fully licensed system ($699)]

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