- Class introductions and expectations
- Review syllabus and course requirements
- Review of GIS 111 - Introduction to GIS course outcomes
- Review basics of ArcGIS including ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox licensing options and more ...
- Create a Google Account (http://mail.google.com/) - RIGHT DOWN YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD
- Create a blog (http://www.blogger.com/) to document course work. Blogger is owned by Google so you will use your new Google Account to log in to blogger.
- Download GIS data from the internet
- Perform basic GIS analysis, geoprocessing and queries
- Generate a map using ArcMap
ACTIVE LEARNING EXERCISE
The NC Geological Survey has been investigating a landslide at the Blue Ridge Motel in Asheville. They have found the landslide area to be unstable and a threat to public health. They are working with you, the Buncombe County Public Health GIS Specialist to determine all people living within 1/2 mile of the landslide location.
- Go to the Buncombe County, NC GIS site (search Google for Buncombe + GIS to find the site)
- Explore the site to find the different GIS-based services they provide.
- Create a folder structure for ths work. You will be working on several projects this semester so you may wish to create a /GIS121 folder and then create subfolders with in the GIS121 folder for each project we do this semester. REMEMBER - good file management is of most importance when doing GIS work. Take the time and make the effort to manage your data well. ALSO REMEMBER - in the world of GIS, we never use spaces in file or folder names!
- Go to the 'download digital data' area and download the following layers: Parcels, Street Centerlines, and Landslides. Put these in your folder for this work.
- Unzip them all - Do not create a new folder for each layer. Put them all in one folder - did I mention how important file management is?
- Create a 1/2 mile buffer around the Blue Ridge Motel landslide location.
- Select all parcels within the buffer
- Export parcels within 1/2 mile of the landslide to a new layer
- Create a map showing this information
- How many parcels have the potential to be affected by the landslide?
For next week (8/29/07)
Elements of Cartography - Chapters 1,2,3 (yes... all 3. Chapter 1 is very short and Chapter 2 is not long either)What does the word 'map' mean to you? - Spatial Sustain