Elevation in GIS: The Third Dimension

Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)

Taught by

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS), field deployment, workflow analysis
  • MES

Prerequisites

NEW: Course is now open to Jr/Sr students with signature. Students need to contact the faculty to discuss their interest in GIS, their awareness of elevation particularly (since "the third dimension" is the focus of my summer syllabus), and any previous skills or exposure to GIS of any kind.

To be eligible to take this course, students must have completed Introduction to GIS or have equivalent experience in the use of ArcGIS for Desktop software (ArcMap and Arc Catalog), version 10.2 or later.  This course is open to MES students who have taken Introduction to GIS. If you have already taken Introduction to GIS and you are interested in this course, please contact Mike at ruthm@evergreen.edu . Please contact the faculty to discuss whether your prior experience is sufficient to ensure your ability to execute the course exercises successfully. 

Elevation is an important dimension of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for mapping and analyzing many types of spatial phenomena.  Studies of watershed dynamics, habitat suitability and forest health, ocean bathymetry, and many other themes can be improved through better understanding the elevation properties of the landscape.   Elevation data – the “Z” dimension” - brings unique insights - and challenges - to the discipline of GIS.  The ability to visualize and analyze and integrate the third dimension opens up a variety of engaging terrain visualizations and lines of spatial analysis.

This class is a hands-on learning workshop to allow students to learn how to create elevation-oriented maps.  Practical exercises will lead students through the analysis of slope and aspect, creation of profiles and contours, computation of viewsheds, imagery "drapes", and 3D flythrough visualizations. Students will use ArcGIS software at the Evergreen CAL, and a wide variety of public domain elevation data sources ranging from continental scale to highly detailed Lidar data.  All learning will take place in the classroom, over a long weekend (there will be no homework or final project requirement). 

To be eligible to take this course, students must have completed Introduction to GIS or have equivalent experience in the use of ArcGIS for Desktop software (ArcMap and Arc Catalog), version 10.2 or later.   The class will begin on Friday evening and take place all day Saturday and Sunday, concluding at 5:00 on Sunday afternoon.

This course is open to MES students who have taken Introduction to GIS. If you have already taken Introduction to GIS and you are interested in this course, please contact Mike at ruthm@evergreen.edu . Please contact the faculty to discuss whether your prior experience is sufficient to ensure your ability to execute the course exercises successfully. 

Program Details

Fields of Study

environmental studies geography

Quarters

Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location

Olympia

Time Offered

Weekend

Advertised Schedule

Weekend intensive course: Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 30

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

Revisions

DateRevision
2017-06-15Offering is now open to Junior and Senior students with a signature from faculty