Geospatial Field Methods

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This field-based course emphasizes the integration of geospatial technologies for field research measurements.  Geospatial technologies are a range of modern tools supporting geographic research, mapping and analysis.  Geospatial technologies are comprised of techniques such as Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and Global Positioning System (GPS).


This outdoor course will provide fundamental information on geospatial technologies and other environmental measurement tools, and introduce students to resources that geospatial scientists use to collect spatial data and non-spatial in the field. Topics will focus on GPS system operations and techniques to improve accuracy. In addition to Garmin GPS handheld devices, students will work with ESRI collector apps on cell phones/tablets, open source GPS such as GAIA and a survey grade Trimble (i.e. R1)based GPS unit. Students will be transferring field data to and from desktop systems and will develop skills integrating field data with GIS and RS applications.  Students will learn different image-based sampling methods and conduct field validation of data.


Using what they have learned throughout the course, each student or group of students will design and carry out an independent field data driven research projectand present the results along with a research paper in class at the end of the semester.

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