452 Spatial Information Technology in Ecosystem Sciences
Using GPS, GIS, Seafloor Mapping in Ocean Sciences
The Spatial Information Technologies of GPS (Global Positioning Systems), GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Remote Sensing have made major advances in both the theoretical and applied basis for studies in the earth sciences. These technologies have become key components of interdisciplinary research and resources management practice. This course is designed to introduce the use of GPS, GIS and Remote Sensing in the ecosystem sciences.
In this course each student will participate in the collection of georeferenced field measurements and observations (GPS), importing those spatial data into a GIS, classifying the landscape over the spatial extent of those data from remotely sensed imagery, and analyzing their spatial variability. This course offers students an introduction to both terrestrial and marine spatial data acquisition, representation, and analysis in Geographic Information Systems.
This applied course is intended to integrate these technologies in an applied setting, and to motivate students to incorporate these tools and techniques in their future work. This course emphasizes sampling and analysis of spatially-referenced data about the coastal and marine environments, integrating these technologies in an applied research setting. Offered: jointly with FISH 452; A.