Elevation in GIS: The Third Dimension

Summer
Summer 2017 (First Session)
Olympia
Olympia
Weekend
Weekend
Junior-SeniorGraduate
Junior–Graduate
Class Size: 15
2
Credits per quarter

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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. 

2

Credits per quarter

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. 

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Junior-SeniorGraduate
Class Standing: Junior–Graduate
Class Size: 15
Weekend

Scheduled for: Weekend

Advertised schedule:

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

Located in: Olympia

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