GIS and Natural Resource Applications
This course is intended to give students the ability to plan, design and execute a GIS project for natural resources management. Students should learn the potentials and limitations of geographic analyses. They will learn how to build geographic databases, analyze data spatially and produce output that succintly summarizes their results. Students will learn the differences, advantages and disadvantages of raster and vector systems for addressing different resources management projects. They will also learn where to acquire geographic data and the errors associated with using it. The teaching will revolve around four case studies that will allow the student to see what is entailed in developing a GIS project, and introduce the student to the resource management question.