This course is taught every other year.
The goals of this class are to develop understanding of and skills in GIS-based approaches to modeling spatial patterns and changes and to understand their scientific and management applications. The focus of the approaches is on understanding, describing, and predicting spatially explicit patterns of land use and land cover. The course necessarily involves applications that bridge social and ecological sciences and touches on problems in urban, agricultural, and forested environments. The course builds on prior course work and skills in GIS, statistics, ecological and social sciences. Students completing the course will be able to evaluate the trade-offs among modeling approaches in different situations, and to implement (at least minimally) several of the approaches. Prerequisites Because the models we are exploring are both spatial and quantitative in nature, it is important that students have a background in these two areas. The following courses (or equivalents) are prerequisites: EAS/NRE 531 - Principles of GIS; EAS/NRE 538 - Natural Resource Statistics. Students are expected to be Self-Reliant.