Check out the course flyer for ESS 420: Introduction to GIS for the Earth Sciences!
Earth surface phenomena generally do not occur in uniform patterns, but are instead
heterogeneously distributed across space. Hence, the ability to examine and analyze these spatial patterns is an incredibly useful tool for earth scientists – and one such analytic tool at our disposal is the use of geographic information systems (GIS). This hands-on computer lab and lecture course provides an introduction to the use of GIS in the earth sciences. We begin by covering the fundamentals of GIS, including the way spatial data are represented and stored, the software tools available (with a focus on ESRI ArcGIS), and many of the fundamental methods of analysis. This introduction also includes some of the theoretical aspects of GIS. The course covers these fundamentals through examples in the earth sciences and beyond, and then explores various earth science applications of GIS in greater depth. Topics include discussion of imported data for GIS analysis, introductions to analyses of topography and hydrologic flow, mapping and analysis, and a brief overview of other geomorphologic phenomena for which GIS can serve as a useful if not essential tool. For more information, contact Steven Walters, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: This course (or equivalent) is required for the 3-week field, 3-week GIS section of “ESS 400: Field Geology”
It’s worth noting that the Spring section of ESS 420 tends to fill up quickly (because many of our students need it as a prerequisite for field camp in Summer), so for students from other departments who’d like to take the course, we’d strongly encourage them to plan to take it in Autumn.